Speech Debelle, Mercury Prize winner: ‘I want to work with Kings Of Leon’

Watch Debelle’s post-win speech in full on NME.COM

Speech Debelle, who won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize tonight (September 8), has given a post-win speech in which she outlined her desire to work with Kings Of Leon.

Watch the speech in full by clicking on the video below.

“One of my favourite bands is Kings Of Leon“, the London rapper, who won with her album ’Speech Therapy’, said. ”So hopefully I’m going to work with them.”


She added that she was set to head to the USA for live dates soon, and envisaged working with an American producer. “I don’t know if I could handle Kanye West, too mouthy,” she joked. “I don’t know, there’s a few (producers she’s like to work with).”

She went on to explain that it was Ms Dynamite, who won the prize in 2002 for her album ’A Little Deeper’, who gave her the belief that she could take home the gong.

Ms Dynamite was an inspiration for me,” she said. “She looks like me, she talks like me, she made me think, ‘Oh, I could do this’.”

Of her partying plans for the evening she signed off by saying: “I’m not going to know where I live.”

Watch the full speech by clicking on the video below.

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