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Oct 14 / Prinza

Speech Debelle talks about Ms Dynamite

MANY people had no idea who Speech Debelle was when she was announced as last year’s Mercury Music Prize winner.

The 26-year-old explained how seeing Ms Dynamite win the Mercury prize in 2002 was a big inspiration for her.

“When she got it I thought, ‘well, I can get one too’,” she said. “It’s weird because me, Ms Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal — who won the award in 2003 — all have very different styles of music; the only thing that puts us together is the colour of our skin.”

Speech tells me how her life has changed since winning the award. “It has made my music more public,” she said.

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