Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

Ezra Collective have gained the 2023 Mercury Prize for his or her album ‘The place I’m Meant To Be’.

The jazz collective had been outsiders to clinch the prize going into tonight’s (September 7) ceremony beating off favourites Jockstap, Loyle Carner and Younger Fathers at London’s Eventim Apollo.

Jamz Supernova introduced the collective with the prize and so they had been greeted with pink confetti as they reached the stage.

Accepting the trophy, Femi Koleoso, stated: “Wow initially let me thank God as a result of if a jazz band profitable the Mercury Prize doesn’t make you imagine in God I don’t know what is going to.”

“This second that we’re celebrating proper right here is testimony to good, particular folks.”@EzraCollective take a second to shout out all of the aspiring younger musicians on the market as they win the 2023 Mercury Prize with @FreeNow_UK!#MercuryPrize pic.twitter.com/IsVXlJs6wI

— Mercury Prize (@MercuryPrize) September 7, 2023

He went on to thank the band’s supervisor and his mum and pop earlier than including: “Ezra Collective represents one thing very particular as a result of we met in a youth membership. What we’re celebrating proper is testimony to good particular folks, for placing in effort for younger folks to play music.

“This isn’t only a end result for Ezra Collective, for UK jazz but it surely’s a particular second for each organisation throughout the nation ploughing their efforts and time into younger those that play music.”

The collective earlier performed their observe ‘Victory Dance’ and received as much as carry out the observe for a second time after after accepting the award.

The entire artists carried out stay on the evening other than Fred Once more.. and the Arctic Monkeys who’re presently each on tour. As an alternative, Fred Once more..’s efficiency of ‘Delilah (pull me out of this)’ from this 12 months’s Glastonbury was proven and Arctic Monkeys’ efficiency on Later… With Jools Holland from earlier this 12 months was screened.

Arctic Monkeys (Credit score: Andy Ford for NME), J Hus (Credit score: Burak Cingi/Redferns) and RAYE (Credit score: Harry Durrant/Getty Pictures).

Others on the listing of nominees included Loyle Carner (for his ‘Hugo’ album), Younger Fathers (‘Heavy Heavy’), Fred Once more.. (‘Precise Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022’) and Jessie Ware (‘That! Feels Good!’).

The listing is accomplished by RAYE‘s ‘My twenty first Century Blues’, J Hus‘ ‘Lovely And Brutal Yard’,  Olivia Dean‘s debut album ‘Messy’, Shygirl‘s ‘Nymph’, Arctic Monkeys’ ‘The Automotive’ and Irish folks band Lankum‘s fourth LP ‘False Lankum’.

The complete listing of nominated albums for the 2023 Mercury Prize had been as follows:

Arctic Monkeys – ‘The Automotive’
Ezra Collective – ‘The place I’m Meant to Be’
Fred once more.. – ‘Precise Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)’
J Hus – ‘Lovely And Brutal Yard’
Jessie Ware – ‘That! Feels Good!’
Jockstrap – ‘I Love You Jennifer B’
Lankum – ‘False Lankum’
Loyle Carner – ‘hugo’  
Olivia Dean – ‘Messy’
RAYE – ‘My twenty first Century Blues’
Shygirl – ‘Nymph’
Younger Fathers – ‘Heavy Heavy’

In 2022, Little Simz gained the Mercury Prize for her album ‘Typically I May Be Introvert’. The London rapper beat off competitors from fellow favourites Self Esteem and Moist Leg final October.

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