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Kanya King

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Kanya King

by Bryan Adams
C-type colour print, 7 February 2008
20 1/2 in. x 15 3/8 in. (520 mm x 390 mm) image size
Given by Bryan Adams, 2008
Photographs Collection
NPG x131979

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  • Kanya King (1969-), Founder, MOBO Organisation. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Bryan Adams (1959-), Musician and photographer. Artist of 25 portraits.

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  • 100 Pioneering Women, p. 146 Read entry

    Born in Kilburn, London, Kanya King is the founder and CEO of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Organisation. She set up the organisation to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists performing music in genres ranging from gospel, jazz, R&B, soul and reggae to hip hop. She launched the MOBO Awards in 1997, re-mortgaging her house to fund it, and a year later she negotiated distribution rights for the event to be broadcast worldwide. Since then, the annual awards show has hosted some of the music industry’s best-known artists. The MOBO Trust, the organisation’s charitable arm, works to advance education in the performing arts among children and young people from diverse backgrounds.

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