MOBO-nominated Chadwell Heath gospel rapper has fingers crossed for second win
11:47 22 September 2016
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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.
“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.
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