The Mercury Music Prize - An Apology

Bill Cosby: Oh, oh: you see, the kids, they listen to the rap music which gives them the brain damage. With their hippin’, and the hoppin’, and the bippin’, and the boppin’, so they don’t know what the jazz…is all about!
- The Simpsons

We recently reported that this area could claim two nominees for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize - Katy B and James Blake. In fact, there were three.

Jazz musician Gwilym Simcock is a Brockley resident and was also on the twelve-strong shortlist, meaning that Brockley and New Cross are responsible for one quarter of all the best music in the UK.

Apologies to Gwilym for the oversight, which we only discovered when we got a text message from a local parent, asking us to vote for him at this year's MOBO Awards, for which he has also been shortlisted in the Jazz category. The site is pretty infuriating to use, but please take a couple of minutes to vote for him.

17 comments:

kolp said...

A fine piece of Jazz that, refreshing to the ears.

Kevin said...

Also Tinie Tempah (another shortlisted artist) was born in Peckham and grew up in Plumstead, so we can almost claim him too.

Anonymous said...

Tinie has mysteriously not been mentioned. Reminds me of the Supercuts episode...

kolp said...

Actually, seeing as we are being encouraged to vote because the person lives in the area, we should check that the other nominees are not locals too.

Here's the list of Jazz Mobo nominees for 2011

DENYS BAPTISTE
GWILYM SIMCOCK
KAIROS 4TET
MATTHEW HALSALL
USONIC

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon 11:59 - don't be a dick. Firstly, search this site for Tinie Tempah. Secondly, he's from frickin Plumstead, which even I won't try to claim for Greater Brockley. Would that I could, since I really like Tinie Tempah, whereas I have no interest in Katy B's music.

Robert said...

I like it when he reaches into the piano and starts banging the struts and strumming the strings. Didn't know he lived round these parts. Would definitely pay to see him live.

I think James Blake should have won though.

Anonymous said...

In what way is Brockley and New Cross the same as Peckham, where Katy B is from? You need to work on your maths and geography

Anonymous said...

@ Nick.

Tinie Tempah spent the first 12 years of his life in Peckham - he's even quoted as saying that on your own forum LOL

http://www.southeastcentral.co.uk/threads/se15-celebrities-which-famous-folk-have-you-seen.503/page-2#post-3148

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon

"In what way is Brockley and New Cross the same as Peckham, where Katy B is from? You need to work on your maths and geography"

Perhaps read the article in question and you might learn the answer.

"Tinie Tempah spent the first 12 years of his life in Peckham - he's even quoted as saying that on your own forum LOL"

Yes indeed, but like Plumstead, Peckham is not part of Brockley / New Cross either. See what you just said above. So what's your point?

Anonymous said...

well, it's like there's no such place as 'greater brockley', there isn't . . .

Anonymous said...

Didn't realise Gwilym Simcock was a Brockley resident - that's cool. It's nice to see a jazz 'scene' slowly developing in the area.

Anonymous said...

You need to remember what you've written in order to put forward a credible argument. You yourself had said that Katy B is from "this area" - so exactly what are you now claiming "this area" to be? Talk about moving the goalposts. You should be sent off for that

Brockley Nick said...

Right, since you obviously can't be bothered to read the original article about Katy B before commenting on it - the point is that she studied at Goldsmiths at New Cross, as did Blake. For that reason, New Cross can lay claim to them. We have no such claim over Tinie Tempah. It was just a bit of fun, pointing out the local connection with three of the Mercury Music Prize winners. Adele is from Norwood and I didn't mention her either.

Anonymous said...

But who are "we" to have no claim over TT? You've gone along with KB's being 'claimed' by NX just because she happened to go to uni there for a couple of years, but by the same token you dismiss TT's 12 years in Peckham as of of no imports certain.

Funny, thought you ran a forum that includes the people of Peckham, not Plumstead

Boring said...

Christ almighty. Talk about celebrity culture. Who actually cares, it's biit of fun. You've stated your case, redressed the balance in "claiming" some entertainer or another. The ain't Smash Hits magazine and TT ain't no bob Marley, he'll disappear in a few years. You see an agenda, most people really couldn't care less either way.

Anonymous said...

TT could well be a Bob Marley - all he has to do is die young. Legend sorted!

Tinie Marley said...

One love!
One fight!

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