Mercury Prize 2019: Dave wins for Psychodrama

South London rapper Dave has won the Mercury Prize for his debut album, Psychodrama.

The Streatham-born star beat off competition from the likes of The 1975, Foals and Anna Calvi to claim the prize, which recognises the best British album of the last year.

Released in March, Psychodrama reached No.1 in the UK charts and has sold 129,354, copies to date.

It has been hailed as “the boldest and best British rap album in a generation”.

Mercury Prize judge Annie Mac said the album “showed remarkable levels of musicianship” as well as “true artistry, courage and honesty”.

“I did not expect this,” said Dave, whose full name is David Orobosa Omoregie, as he took to the stage to collect the award.

He dedicate the award to his brother, Christopher, who is serving a life sentence for murder.

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