Colourful Radio, voted the UK's number 1 Urban radio station at the Urban Music Awards (2015) to launch a new Chart show devised by Mark De'Force to highlight the biggest achievements made within the UK music industry by artists of African decent like Stormzy and Skepta who just won the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album Konnichiwa.
Mark De'Force began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio 4 in 2001 as a runner and researcher. When it became apparent that the BBC were planning to launch the corporation’s first ever, Black Music network he was determined to be part of history. In 2002 he was appointed as the first assistant music manager for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
The new show for Colourful Radio titled 'The ALL ABROAD HOT9' is the first of its kind - a buzz chart counting down the hottest sounds from Africans based abroad.
Mark De'Force says "Artists of African decent have long since been at the forefront of some of the biggest achievements made, within the UK music industry. Acts such as Ghana and Nigeria’s Dizzee Rascal, Zambia’s Emeli Sande, and the current flag-bearers of Grime Ghana’s Stormzy and Nigeria’s Skepta are just a few examples reflecting the impact of African’s abroad!"
"On The HOT9 chart you can expect to hear nine of the biggest tracks requested across radio and in club-land from artists who hail from Africa’s diaspora. The ALL ABROAD HOT9 focus on a combination of fresh new acts as well as familiar household names. This serves as a bridge between Africans on the continent with those in the diaspora."
Colourful Radio's founder, Mr Kofi Kusitor MBE said: "From day dot, Colourful Radio has been all about creative firsts - first commercial internet radio station; first with its own listener catch-up service; first independent radio station 'voted best radio station' at Urban Music Awards; and now, first with its own chart focused on ground-breaking artists who hail from Africa’s diaspora. Welcome 'abroad' Mark. "
The ALL ABROAD HOT9 launches 1st October 2016 at 12 noon. Listen at http://www.colourfulradio.com/player
About Mark De'Force
Mark De'force' began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio 4 in 2001 as a runner and researcher. When it became apparent that the BBC were planning to launch the corporation’s first ever, Black Music network he was determined to be part of history. In 2002 he was appointed as the first assistant music manager for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
From 2005-10 as Producer, Mark worked on shows such as the Sony Awarding Ace & Vis, Robbo Ranx, Ras Kwame and The 1Xtra Breakfast Show.
Mark would also develop a keen interest in radio documentary producing and made two docs for 1Xtra and Radio 1; A Champion’s Playlist (exploring how professional athletes use music to prepair themselves for competition) and Same Culture Different Sound (documenting the relationship between Reggae-Dancehall and Hip Hop).
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