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Laura Mvula: Where are my Mobos?

Laura Mvula has revealed she is still waiting to receive the two Mobo awards she won in 2013.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter has been flooded with awards and nominations since the release of her debut album Sing To The Moon last year, and she revealed most of them are currently in a suitcase since she moved from her hometown of Birmingham to London recently.

Laura revealed: "I haven't received my Mobo little statue things, so I've got Mobos but I haven't received them."

She added: "I've got a couple in suitcases ready to be unpacked. But I'm not really the type of person that's going to put them in a cabinet, because I feel like my mum will come and put them in the loo or something to keep my head from swelling."

But the Green Garden singer admitted she would like to get her hands on the Music of Black Origin awards for Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act that are rightfully hers.

A spokesman for Mobo said they were unaware that Laura had not recieved her awards and intended to correct the problem "immediately".

He added: "Our sincere apologies to Laura. She was a wonderful (double) Mobo Awards recipient and an amazing talent."

Laura was speaking ahead of her MasterCard Priceless Gig at LSO St Luke's in London last night (Tuesday September 9) where she performed live with the Metropole Orkest.

She revealed: "It feels like an experiment, I've never done this sound before, so there's nerves and also excitement.

"Because there are so many musicians on stage that are amplified I'm going to use in-ears which is like headphones in my ears, which is what most pop stars use, but I'm not a real pop star so I don't really use that. But I'm going to use that just because the scale is so big.

"It's a new experience. I guess like anything that's new, like the first time you get on a bike, I have to feel my way around it, which is a good thing, it keeps you on your toes."

Along with all her successes in the last year Laura also toured with Prince this year, but she admitted she hadn't managed to get the elusive star's number.

Laura joked: "I should lie and say 'Yeah man, he's on my speed dial, and I get texts every day'. But the thing that I treasure is just the encouragement . To have the nod from Prince is great because I respect him and his music and his legacy.

"I think it would be presumptuous of me to want to be his best friend, and slightly weird... because we don't exist in the same world."

Laura is coming to the end of her tour with the orchestral release of Sing To The Moon, and now has her sights set on recording a soundtrack for a Disney movie.

She revealed: "My ultimate dream is to write film music, so I need to go back to school and figure out how to do that, but I've taken some first steps and have been lucky enough to get the opportunities to write some pieces for films.

"Since I was a kid... I think it's got a lot to do with Disney. Disney impacted on my life the way every kid of my generation had that experience.

"As soon as I got the idea that there's some singular brain behind one whole soundtrack, I thought, 'I want to do that'.

"There's something so incredible about being moved by a moving picture and I want to learn more about that."

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