Tantalised at the prospect of Kanye West misbehavin' in Glasgow? Bling up and head for The Music of Black Origin Awards,MOBOs which come to Scotland this month. Their founder Kanya King is an amazing woman. Raised in north London in a family of nine, her dad died when she was 13 and she had her own baby at 16. She dreamed of starting her own business. And she did. My interview with Kanya appears here
Emeli Sande, a Glasgow University medical student, has a MOBO nomination for co-writing Chipmunk's hit Diamond Rings. Until recently, Emeli's picture was pinned on the door of my daughters' after-school club, "The Aftie", in Partick. One of the childcare workers, John Ansdell, had signed her for his urban record label, Castalia. Another of her songs is being recorded by Cheryl Cole, which should keep the graduate debt in check.
On a more sombre note, Kanya King has done a lot of work around gun crime - like many of the artists she champions. I wrote a column last year on how black communities in English cities had responded impressively to gang murder. Charismatic young leaders organised against the futile killing. We have even higher death rates in Scotland - from knives not guns - yet seem more complacent. Pitiful pavement shrines of Celtic and Rangers scarves tied around wilted chrysanthemums sometimes seem the best we can manage. Could celebs at the MOBOs lend their experience campaigning against street violence to tackle our local gangsta problem? Politicians take note. You can read the column here Kanye could help by rapping on the perils of our other national evil, binge drinking.