And the ex-LIBERTINE is confident his appearance at the concert will pay a large contribution towards the decline of racism.
Continue reading: Doherty: 'I'll Fight Racism Single-Handedly'
Busta had been slated to receive the MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN awards' Lifetime Achievement gong at Thursday's (25SEP03) glitzy event, but couldn't fit the date into his schedule. After some hectic meetings, organisers have decided to award the gong to soul legend George Benson instead.
A source says, "MOBO was all set to honour Busta and get him to perform live at the ceremony. But his schedule was too tight and he had to turn it down."
Continue reading: Busta Out Of Mobos
Gay rights campaigners are demanding reggae artists Beenie Man and Elephant MAN be withdrawn from Britain's MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN (MOBO) awards, claiming their lyrics incite violence against homosexuals.
Angry activist PETER TATCHELL of the group OUTRAGE! has labelled the stars "reggae bigots", and has filed a complaint to the police.
But MOBO organisers have hit back at the accusations, insisting the stars' music doesn't contain any homophobic messages, and chiefs are refusing to remove them from the list of nominees.
Continue reading: Gay Rights Activists In Fury Over Homophobic Lyrics
The nominees for this year's (03) MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN (MOBO) awards have been announced - with R+B superstar Beyonce Knowles, British group Big Brovaz and solo newcomer Terri Walker leading the pack.
All have four nominations each, with Crazy In Love diva Knowles up for best album, best single and best video as well as best R+B act.
Continue reading: Mobo Nominees Announced
British band Radiohead are fighting it out with a group of rock rookies for this year's (03) prestigious PANASONIC MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE.
The band's controversial Hail To The Thief long player is their third album to make the short-list, and must also compete with rivals Coldplay, one of the only other British groups to have Stateside success.
Eight of the twelve shortlisted releases are debuts, although MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD was up for the $32,000 (GBP20,000) prize in 1995, when she provided vocals to Tricky's MAXINQUAYE.
Continue reading: Radiohead Battle Newcomers For Mercury Prize