Young Fathers

Young Fathers: Edinburgh Trio Scoop 20k Mercury Prize


Young Fathers, an underground hip-hop trio from Scotland with roots in Liberia and Nigeria, won the prestigious Mercury Prize yesterday together with £20,000, beating Blur frontman Damon Albarn with their first studio album – ‘Dead’. The trio from Edinburgh include: Alloysious Massaquoi, who was born in Liberia; Kayus Bankole, whose parents were from Nigeria and who grew up partly in the United States, as well as local Graham Hastings.The trio formed in 2008 after meeting at an under-16s hip-hop night in Edinburgh.

“Young Fathers have a unique take on urban British music, brimming with ideas — forceful, unexpected and moving,” said Simon Frith, the chair of the Mercury Prize judging panel.

Young Fathers have played two straight years at the influential South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas and have signed to California’s independent Anticon label. The band is planning to spend a month in Berlin to record a new album.

Young Fathers
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