Nerve Centre Musician-in-Residence, David Lyttle, has been nominated for a prestigious, MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) award.
Past MOBO award winners include Adele, Jessie J, Tina Turner, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
Lyttle, from Warringstown in Co. Down, is the first Irish artist to be shortlisted in its 20 year history.
The acclaimed musician, songwriter and producer is one of five nominees in the Best Jazz Act category and will go up against Polar Bear, Courtney Pine, Julia Biel, and Binker and Moses at the award ceremony on November 4 in Leeds.
Perhaps best known as a prodigious jazz drummer in his early career, Lyttle has gone on to be described by Irish music magazine Hot Press as a ‘one-man industry’ for his work as a performer, producer and record label owner. His diverse collaborations range from hip hop visionary Talib Kweli to jazz icon Joe Lovano to Irish recording artist Duke Special, who all feature on his third album Faces recently described by Rolling Stone as ‘one of the best, robust listening experiences you’re likely to have all year’.
Speaking about his nomination David Lyttle said he was delighted when he heard he had been nominated for the award.
“Music of black origin has shaped popular music for the past 100 years and popular music today is still heavily indebted to the contribution of black artists. I have a deep love and respect for black music and I’m deeply honoured to have been nominated for a MOBO Award.”
Lyttle is currently Musician-in-Residence at the Nerve Centre in Derry where he has been collaborating with a range of musicians, songwriters, bands and producers from across the city and local area to create and perform pieces of original music.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion urged the public to support Lyttle by voting for him.
“This is a huge achievement and I am absolutely delighted that David Lyttle’s unique talent has been recognised. David Lyttle is one of our best-loved jazz musicians and has a long association with the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival. Securing a nomination in the MOBO awards is a major achievement and we are one hundred per cent behind him to secure the Best Jazz Act category award.”
Each award category is decided by public vote - to vote for David Lyttle vist the MOBO Awards website.