ED IN WELSH FOR MOBOS.
A RAPPER is set to make history next month by becoming the first person to rap in Welsh at the MOBO Music Awards.
Relatively unknown rap artist Ed Holden, aka Mr Phormula, will perform to a packed arena at the prestigious awards ceremony in Liverpool on November 3. Talented Ed hopes his stint on the televised show, which celebrates music of black origin, will help promote Welsh-language rap to a wider audience.
The 28-year-old rapper and beat-boxer said: "It's a huge stepping stone for Welsh-language rap. I'm really proud that I have been able to do that - I can't wait.
"The Welsh language is such a minority, especially in the majorlabel music scene, and being able to represent that, hopefully it's going to pick up some exposure.
"To be able to be part of that is huge - I'm over the moon."
Ed, from Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, was given the chance to perform at the MOBOs after taking part in a documentary for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Rap Britannia, featuring performers from across the UK, aimed to shine the spotlight on the British rap scene outside of London.
As part of the show, Ed worked with other rappers to create a "UK Rap Anthem", which has received more than 300,000 YouTube hits since it was uploaded last month.
As a result of its success, all artists involved have been invited to perform the track at the MOBO Awards ceremony in the Echo Liverpool Arena.
Ed's bilingual section of the anthem is believed to be the first time a rapper has performed in Welsh at the awards show.
Ed said: "The feedback I have had has been great. I have been doing it for a long time so it's nice to finally get that little piece of recognition.
He added: "It's just a privilege really. I'm hoping it will be a bit of a stepping stone for Welsh rap in general."
Ed described recording the rap in London with eight other rap acts, including South Wales' Flow Dem, as "quite nerve-racking".
He said: "I'm quite an easy-going type of guy, but going down to London and going into this small studio with rappers who didn't know each other was more overwhelming because everyone was doing their own thing."
Ed, who grew up in Anglesey, started making music at the age of nine when he became interested in beat-boxing.
He set up his own business delivering beat-box and rap workshops to schools and youth groups at the age of 21 after quitting his call centre job.
Ed said: "It just felt like a souldestroying job just going in and answering phones to people who treated you like muck."
His career in music has allowed him to travel the world, and he supported acts on tour such as Newport rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain.
Ed - who plans to marry his fiancee, occupational therapy student Haf Williams, 31, in May next year - described his passion for music.
He said: "My whole life revolves around it. I wake up in the morning and it's music straight away. I have got to make music within a certain amount of time. I find it not only therapeutic, but I need to do it."
Welsh rapper Ed Holden, 'Mr Phormula'', will be the first ever Welsh-language artist to perform at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards next month
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|Publication:||Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Oct 21, 2012|
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