Guvna B

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Guvna B
Guvna B in 2019
Guvna B in 2019
Background information
Birth nameIsaac Charles Borquaye
Also known asGuvna B
Born (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 32)
Custom House, Newham, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper, author, broadcaster
Years active2007–present
Websitewww.guvnab.com

Isaac Borquaye (born 13 June 1989), better known as Guvna B, is a rapper, author and broadcaster from Custom House, London. He has released 10 albums, 2 books and has produced segments for the BBC and a football pundit for Sky Sports News' Good Morning Transfers. He has also appeared on television to discuss topics that affect young people from underprivileged communities.

Biography[edit]

Guvna B[1] was born in London, England in June 1989, to Ghanaian parents from Accra.[2] Looking back on growing up in Custom House, in East London, he stated "My upbringing helped me find my faith. The negative things I saw in my society inspired me to do better and inspire people to be the best they can be instead of becoming stereotypical products of a negative environment"[3] He later graduated from University of Hertfordshire studying business and journalism[4]

He has released ten albums and is the recipient of two MOBO Awards for Best Gospel Act,[5] three Urban Music Awards for Best Gospel Act or Artist, and a Gospel Music Award for Best Gospel Artist. He was the first rapper to top the Official Christian and Gospel Charts for his 2013 album Odd1Out.[6] His story was shared with many when he was featured in the 22 March 2013 issue of the music industry magazine Music Week in a feature covering the gospel music industry in the UK.[7] He has worked with Wretch 32, Samm Henshaw, Matt Redman, Michelle Williams and Andy Mineo.[citation needed]

In January 2013, Guvna B launched his own urban clothing brand, Allo Mate.[8]

Unpopular Culture was published in 2017 by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge[9] and Unspoken: Toxic Masculinity and How I Faced the Man Within the Man was published by Harper Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2021 after his father's death to cancer.[10]

He has presented documentaries on both radio and TV including BBC World Service's Gospel Meets Hip-Hop[11] and BBC Radio 2's Keeping the Peace.[12] He has appeared as a pundit on Sky Sports News' Good Morning Transfers, and as a guest on The Zoe Ball Breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.[13]

Guvna B lives in Greenwich, London[citation needed] with his wife and their son. He is a fan of West Ham United F.C.[14]

Works[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • The Narrow Road (31 May 2008)
  • Scrapbook (1 January 2011)
  • Next Ting 140 (18 August 2011)
  • Odd1Out (26 May 2013)
  • Scrapbook II (31 March 2014)
  • Something for the Summer (3 August 2014)[15]
  • Secret World (20 November 2015)[16]
  • Hands are Made for Working (18 May 2018)
  • everywhere + nowhere (3 April 2020)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Unpopular Culture. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 2017. ISBN 978-0281076314.
  • Unspoken: Toxic Masculinity and How I Faced the Man Within the Man. Harper Inspire. 2021. ISBN 9780310112471.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Result Ref
2009 Gospel Music Awards Best Gospel Artist 2009 Won [citation needed]
2009 Urban Music Awards Best Gospel Act 2009 Won [17][18]
2010 MOBO Awards Best Gospel Act 2010 Won [citation needed]
2012 RARE Rising Stars UK's Top 10 Black Students 2012 Won [19]
2013 Urban Music Awards Best Gospel Artist 2013 Won [20]
2013 MOBO Awards Best Gospel Artist 2013 Nominated [citation needed]
2013 Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards Music Artist of the Year 2013 Nominated [citation needed]
2016 MOBO Awards Best Gospel Artist 2016 Won [citation needed]
2020 MOBO Awards Best Gospel Artist 2020 Nominated [citation needed]
2020 Urban Music Awards Best Gospel Act 2020 Won [citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rapping with a Purpose". Selamta Magazine. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  2. ^ Hearn, Sarah (18 June 2013). "Guvna B: UK Singer Makes Big Splash Across The Pond". PositivelyGospel.com. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Guvna B | Community & Support Interview". Thisislime.net. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  4. ^ "MOBO award for University of Hertfordshire Student". Archant Community Media Ltd. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Guvna B Made History 2x winner Best Gospel MOBO Awards 2016". astepfwd.com. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Guvna B becomes the first rapper to top the official Christian and Gospel". The Official UK Charts Company. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  7. ^ Guvna B [@GuvnaB] (27 March 2013). "Shouts to music week! They published this article on Christian and Gospel music" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "'Allo Mate' The Clothing Line From Guvna B ‹ M.E.X Magazine". Ireadmex.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Newham bred rapper Guvna B on his new book". Archant Community Media Ltd. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Unspoken: Toxic Masculinity and How I Faced the Man Within the Man". Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Gospel Meets hip-hop". BBC. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Keeping The Peace with Guvna B". BBC. 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Pause for thought". BBC. 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Ryan Fredericks' Pre-Match Playlist". West Ham United F.C. 21 September 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Something For the Summer by Guvna B on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Secret World by Guvna B on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  17. ^ The Urban Music Award's UK return for another successful night (sic.), 3 November 2009, UMA website
  18. ^ May, Jenny (2 November 2009). "Guvna B wins UMA for Best Gospel 2009". Bandweblogs.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  19. ^ "Guvna B wins RARE Rising Star Award - 2012". 2011 Rare Recruitment Ltd. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  20. ^ "Fuse ODG Emerges as King From The Urban Music Awards 2013". Boostdevelopers. Retrieved 31 December 2013.

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