Yesterday it was announced that Kano’s Made In The Manor and Skepta’s Konniciwa albums have both been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize award.
Last night, KA rolled through Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show for an interview, where he revealed some of his feelings on being nominated. “It’s an award like no other award show. It doesn’t matter about record sales or fame and popularity,” he said.
“It’s meant to be for true musicianship, they are meant to respect artistry and music and not buy into hype and just be about realness. I remember seeing Dizzee go up there with Boy In The Corner and that was a massive moment for him and for all of us as well it’s got history in our scene.
“It’s a real moment, I’m real proud today” he finished. Kano also went on to discuss the impact of the album, saying, “At times I felt like a dinosaur when I cared so much about this body of work and maybe there was a point when I cared too much, do people care, do people just want to hear tunes. But I stuck to my guns. I put all my eggs into one basket, and yeah, to see people’s reaction it feels like it was worth it and it’s paying off.”
Watch Kano’s last video from the LP, for fan favourite “T-shirt Weather In The Manor” right here.