Nova Twins have penned an open letter to the MOBO Awards, calling for them to introduce a Rock/Different class of their 2021 awards.
Within the letter, the London rock duo say that the inclusion of the brand new class may “widen the illustration that ourselves and so many others didn’t have rising up”.
Elsewhere within the letter, the pair say that the transfer would characterize “greater than only a class,” writing: “It’s a message to all younger black folks, letting them know that they’ll do and be something that they select.”
Learn Nova Twins’ full letter to the MOBO Awards under.
Pricey MOBO Awards,
We’re Nova Twins, a band of two blended race ladies from South East London and Essex who shout by distorted mics and play gnarly bass riffs.
We’re scripting this open letter to ask you to assist pave the best way for Different and Rock POC artists. We consider that you could widen the illustration that ourselves and so many others didn’t have rising up. Rock’n’Roll is of black origin however due to the systemic points that we nonetheless face right this moment, POC contributors to the style have been misplaced alongside the best way.
We’ve a proposition: we’d love so that you can take into account including a Rock/Different class to your 2021 award present, celebrating the very best new wave of artists within the scene right this moment, while paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues.
We grew up watching the MOBO Awards, feeling grateful for its CEO and Founder Kanya King MBE, who pushed boundaries and helped carry black music and tradition into the mainstream. We wish to use our platform to lift the voices of the unheard, diversifying the area for Different POC bands however we are able to’t do it alone. We’d like trailblazing, influential platforms just like the MOBOs to again us and stay up for a extra various future for music.
Individuals usually don’t know that Rock’n’Roll was in actual fact largely originated by a black girl. Beginning her profession within the Thirties, Sister Rosetta Tharpe went on to encourage family names by the a long time. You may see and listen to her affect within the works of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix as an example, who then went on to form the musical world we dwell in. Her guitar enjoying approach additionally had a serious affect on the event of British Blues within the Nineteen Sixties. All of us owe her an enormous debt and with the assistance of others, we wish to proceed the pioneering work she began. We really feel strongly that this must be represented within the MOBO Awards.
That is greater than only a class, it’s a message to all younger black folks, letting them know that they’ll do and be something that they select. That they’ve extra artistic choices obtainable to them, apart from those society has supplied them. It’s as much as us all to offer the brand new technology the instruments and encouragement to take action. It’s time to create a special panorama to the one we entered.
2020 has been a time for us all to mirror and re-educate ourselves. Let 2021 be the yr all of us take motion.
A lot love,
Amy & Georgia
“Being black ladies doing punk music is political,” Nova Twins told NME in an interview earlier this yr.
“Once we play festivals, we’re the one those who seem like us on these payments and a majority of the viewers would by no means have seen a band like us, so we have to be the very best band attainable so their entire notion of black ladies enjoying rock music is modified,” they added. “We wished to be the voices for the unheard.”