MOBO has raised the awareness and importance of urban music in today's society, paving the way for many other outlets of urban music and unsigned talent and also transforming the reputation of urban music as a non-mainstream genre into a thing of the past.
MOBO celebrates culture as well as music and continues to strive to provide for its audience with the introduction of new award categories each year. This year saw the introduction of the BeMOBO Award.
The BeMOBO award commemorates the social aspect of the MOBO Awards, recognising work in the community executed by both individuals and companies. This yearÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s and the first BeMOBO Award saw the recipient as Anti-Slavery International.
Anti-Slavery International, founded in 1839, is the leading organisation working to end slavery throughout the world. Millions of men, women and children are in slavery today. They are forced to work through the threat or use of violence, they are denied freedom, dehumanised and treated as property or bought and sold. No region is free from this abuse and slavery is found in most countries, even though it is illegal under international law.
A registered charity, Anti-Slavery International works to end slavery by campaigning for its eradication, exposing current cases, supporting the initiatives of local organisations to release people and pressing for more effective implementation of international laws against slavery. To find out more and to get involved in the fight for freedom see www.antislavery.org.
MOBO were extremely happy to be able to award Anti-Slavery International with the first BeMOBO Award and hope to continue raising awareness in the fight to abolish slavery.