Last nights mercury prize winner Speech Debelle snatched the award of the back of her album, “Speech Therapy”, which sold no more than 3000 copies.
Other Competitors for the music prize were, Kasabian, Glasvegas, The Horrors, La Roux and bookies favorites Florence and The Machine. Her debut album was released last may and was voted the best of this years short list, credited by a panel of respected executives, journalists and musicians including last years winners Elbow. Debelle has won herself a dowry of £20,000 and has hinted at going to the US for some some live dates. Dates and downloads are available at tourdates.co.uk.
Debell is the first act to win the Mercury Music Award who is not considered “indy” for the last 6 years after Dizzie Rascal won it in 2003. She looks well on her way to being able to fill the void left by Ninah Cherry and Miss Dynamite for fans of the genre. Below is her post-victory moments. Her music is currently free for download here.