Skunk Anansie on heritage and ‘use in a new generation of black music’

Skunk Anansie spoke to NME about their 25-year career and “use in a new generation of black music.” Watch our full video interview with the band above.

The rock legends spoke to NME on the red carpet at last week’s MOBO Awards, where they were nominated for the new Best Alternative Act category, but lost out to punk duo Bob Vylan.

Speaking of their first MOBO nomination, the four-piece – consisting of singer Skin, bassist Cass Lewis, guitarist Ace and drummer Matt Richardson – told us that “good things come to those who wait.”

Speaking of fellow nominees Big Joanie, Kid Bookie, Nova Twins, Loathe, and Bob Vylan, Skin said, “First of all, you want to appeal to everybody, and we feel like we’re tapping into a new generation of black music.” us at MOBOs, and then we’ll leave it in the hands of the boys.”

Asked if the nomination felt like proof of the rock icons’ continued relevance, Skin replied: “That’s the goal, right? The goal is to have a long-term career. I think careers are short like that by people now: the music should be long. – a career term.”

Lewis added: “It’s not something we take for granted. We’re blessed and we appreciate it.”

This year’s MOBO Awards were held at the OVO Wembley Arena and featured the likes of Beenie Man, Eliza Rose and Tion Wayne, while Craig David and Neil Rodgers won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards. David won the Most Outstanding Contribution Award and the Rodgers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fans have been waiting for more new music from Skunk Anansie, after they shared the fiery single “Piggy” earlier this year.

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