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Sampha beats Sheeran and Stormzy to Mercury Prize

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:44

Singer-songwriter Sampha has won the coveted Mercury Prize for his album, ''Process.'' A judging panel deemed it the best British album of the past year. Jacob Greaves reports.

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Soul singer-songwriter Sampha has beaten some heavyweights of the British music industry to win this year's Mercury Prize. A standing ovation and a £25,000 reward making up the spoils. As well as seeing off the likes of Ed Sheeran and grime and hip hop artist Stormzy for the trophy. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SAMPHA, SAYING: "I'd like to dedicate this award to my parents, you know they came over from Sierra Leone and they just want to give us the best upbringing possible." Sampha's debut album, "Process," was selected from a shortlist of 12 albums. It deals with the grief of the 28-year-old Londoner losing his mum to cancer. On stage he performed the ballad, "Like the piano". And if his voice sounds familiar it's because he's worked with RnB royalty. Before making it as a solo artist his vocals have featured on tracks by Beyonce, Solange, and Drake. Those heights of stardom might still be some way off. But expect to hear more of this voice. The coveted Mercury Prize professes to pic the best British album of the past year.

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Sampha beats Sheeran and Stormzy to Mercury Prize

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:44