Lauryn Hill heads the bill for MOBOFest 2001, set for Aug. 4 at East London's Victoria Park. Her performance will provide an exclusive showcase of new material from the as-yet unscheduled follow-up to
Lauryn Hill heads the bill for MOBOFest 2001, set for Aug. 4 at East London's Victoria Park. Her performance will provide an exclusive showcase of new material from the as-yet unscheduled follow-up to her multi-platinum solo debut, "The Mis-education of Lauryn Hill." Promoted by the Boom Factory, the organization behind the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, the event aims to bring urban music into the summer live music festival arena.
U.K. talent will be represented with performances from dance crossover acts such as the Artful Dodger, the Architechs, DJ Luck & MC Neat, and Wookie; R&B/hip-hop group Nash; jazz-fusionist Courtney Pine with special guests including R&B singer Beverley Knight; plus R&B trio Mis-teeq, who look set to smash into the top-5 of the U.K. singles chart this weekend with their second single "All I Want" (Inferno/Telstar).
Also on the bill is Cherise, MOBO's best unsigned act award winner from 2000. The teenage R&B singer is featured on several tracks on Big Brovaz's "Watchin' U" (Lifeline Records) new R&B/hip-hop compilation. Her debut album is due later this year on East West.
In conjunction with the festival, the MOBO Unsigned 2001 U.K. talent search for the best in new, unsigned urban acts will run from August to September. The winner will receive a recording deal with Universal's Go Beat imprint, home of such acts as Gabrielle and the Architechs.