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MOBO-nominated Chadwell Heath gospel rapper has fingers crossed for second win

11:47 22 September 2016

Guvna B with his award for Best Gospel Act at the 2010 MOBO awards

Guvna B with his award for Best Gospel Act at the 2010 MOBO awards

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Contemporary gospel rapper Guvna B has been nominated for a MOBO for the third time.

The 27-year-old, of Bennett Road, Chadwell Heath, is hoping to add to his award collection by bagging the prestigious gong at the awards ceremony later this year.

The rapper – whose real name is Isaac Borquaye – will have to fend off competition from Andrew Bello, S.O, Sarah Teibo and Volney Morgan & New-Ye.

Though he won the category back in 2010, he admitted that winning this year would be extra special to him.

“The first one meant a lot, as it was my first one, but this one I have been working really hard for,” he told the Post.

Gospel rapper Guvna B performing at Lumen Festival, in SlovakiaGospel rapper Guvna B performing at Lumen Festival, in Slovakia

“This one will mean something because it shows a positive role model is coming out of the area.

“Ricky Hayden being murdered is all over the press right now but this will bring a positive story to the area.

“I want to show people there’s a different way to live. What happened was sad and I would even like to dedicate it to Ricky if I win.”

Guvna, who moved to Chadwell Heath when he was 11 years old, won the category in 2010 and was nominated for the award again three years later.

Guvna B sitting down at Newday Festival, in NorwichGuvna B sitting down at Newday Festival, in Norwich

He released his latest album, Secret World, in November last year.

“I feel like my life has changed a lot from three or four years ago,” he admitted.

“The album is basically talking about negative situations and how positive things can come from them.

“In the album I talk about crime, suicide and I try to give solutions to these situations.”

A two-time winner of Best Gospel Act at the Urban Music Awards, Guvna B thinks growing up in the borough helped inspire his musical journey, as well as finding his faith in Jesus.

“I think it’s a great area,” he said. “I moved from Canning Town, which was really rough and found there was a strong sense of community and everyone knows each other here.

“From that I felt comfortable about showing people where I come from.”

The MOBO awards will take place at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena on November 4.

To vote for Guvna B, visit mobo.com/voting

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