MOBO Awards Goes Gospel with NHS ‘B Positive Choir’

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UK’s “Queen of Gospel” and 2013 MOBO Awards winner, Lurine Cato, leads the ‘B Positive Choir’ in an atmosphere of worship at this year’s star-studded MOBO Awards.

Often accused of keeping gospel music in the shadows, this year MOBOs put a spotlight on the genre in the guise of the ‘B Positive Choir’, a 60 strong choir created in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to promote blood donation in the black community.

Singing Andra Day’s ‘Rise Up’ the choir, led by Lurine, took the MOBO’s to church with a powerful live performance on awards night which was broadcast to the nation on Channel 5.

Watch their performance here.

The ‘B Positive Choir’, named after a common blood type amongst black people, is the 2nd social action campaign from the MOBO partnership with NHS. Last year’s hugely successful ‘Represent’ campaign was headed up by Lady Leshurr and encouraged younger donors to give blood.

‘B Positive’ are made up of people who suffer from sickle cell anemia and other blood disorders, their family, friends, and health professionals. The title of the song ‘Rise Up’ is to encourage everybody to do something. The aim is to get as many people as possible, especially young people from black and ethnic minorities, to donate blood and support the cause.

‘Rise Up’ will be available to download on iTunes on 10th December. You can also support the #GiveMoreBlood campaign now.

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