Music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards passes away at 31
Rest In Peace
Rest In Peace
Over the weekend, news of the passing of legendary Black British author, broadcaster and DJ, Jamal Edwards took the world by surprise. The family of the late music entrepreneur had shared the news on social media, referring to his passing as a tragic loss due to unforeseen circumstances. He was 31 years at the time of his passing.
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Best known for his invaluable work in setting up SBTV in 2006 at age 16, Edward’s influence on Black UK culture is palpable through all he has worked with. SB.TV or SmokeyBarz (SBTV) is now a leading media platform which champions the music and experiences of young people, particularly in genres such as Hip-Hop and Grime. Over the years, the influence of SBTV has become undeniable, as it has been at the forefront of the careers of many artists and producers including Dave, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and more.
Before he was the mastermind behind the media outfit, SBTV, Edwards was already building a long-standing career in the music and entertainment scene. In 2013, he became the first Youtuber to release an e-book and interactive game, ‘Self Belief: The Vision’ which swiftly became a best seller and led up to the release of hardcopies. Over the years, he’s lent his hand to a number of ventures aimed at giving Black British creatives and entrepreneurs the chance to get their foot in the door, by providing a platform for them to showcase their talent. Edwards was given an MBE in 2014 for services to music and was an ambassador for Prince Charles’ charity, the Prince’s Trust.
Edwards influence on the culture extends far beyond just SBTV. He’s also been instrumental in merging sounds from his home city, London with emerging acts from around the African continent. Recently, in an interview with Elton John on his Apple music show “Elton John’s Rocket Hour’, British singer, songwriter and performer Ed Sheeran stated that the Jamal Edwards had sent him Fireboy’s hit single “Peru” and mentioned that Fireboy would love to have a guest verse from him on it.
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Tributes from have been paid in by celebrities and other public figures such as Dave, AJ Tracey, George The Poet and many more.
May his soul rest in peace.
Here are some of the tributes:
After the devastating death of Jamal, our thoughts are with Brenda today. She’s sent us this message: pic.twitter.com/EZWH3b5tcX
— Loose Women (@loosewomen) February 21, 2022
We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jamal Edwards. An inspiration to many, we’re honoured that he was part of our Chelsea family.
Our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved him. 💙 pic.twitter.com/QbVOf6RU6Z
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 20, 2022
Jamal Edwards was passionate about documenting the culture that surrounded him. his vision to uplift his community is a legacy that will outlive us all. a life cut way too short, but i’m glad an abundance of love was poured into him while he was here. long live Jamal Edwards.
— tobes (@tobikyere) February 20, 2022
RIP Jamal Edwards. Giving God thanks that you did what he sent you to do ❤️ So many of us owe our careers to you bro. Thank you for everything pic.twitter.com/ZXkz1dqJvB
— George The Poet 🇺🇬 (@GeorgeThePoet) February 20, 2022
I think I can speak for us all as artists and as supporters of uk grime/rap scene when I say I owe this man so much! Helped me sometimes without even speaking of it. RIP Jamal Edwards💙 my guy man!!! Can’t believe I’m tweeting this. Legend. I love ya.
— Jaykae (@Jaykae10) February 20, 2022
Rest in Peace, Jamal Edwards.
To think how many dreams were fulfilled and how much potential was discovered because of your platform and work.
What an incredible legacy; thank you 🙏🏽
— Munya Chawawa (@munyachawawa) February 20, 2022
Pioneer in UK music Jamal Edwards MBE 1990-2022 RIP pic.twitter.com/uZchqmWAYD
— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) February 20, 2022
Few culture shapers and shifters come through in a generation, and even fewer do it with a heart to genuinely lift others. Golden. Jamal Edwards did both. This is unbelievable
— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) February 20, 2022
This is devastating news. RIP to the cultural behemoth that was Jamal Edwards. I seriously cannot believe we’ve lost such an important and universally loved figure in Black British culture.
— CEO of Yelling (@ChantayyJayy) February 20, 2022
RIP Jamal Edwards ❤️
The real measure of a man is not what he has, but how he treats others.
He gave so much to so many. There are hundreds & hundreds of people out there whose life he has touched in ways big & small.
I hope his legacy echoes on.
— Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom (@AniefiokEkp) February 20, 2022
there’s good souls then there’s great souls then there’s Jamal Edwards
— Nadia Rose (@nadiarosemusic) February 20, 2022
Saving one life is something to be proud of. Saving multiple is something to be celebrated for.
Here is a man who saved all of our lives whether you were watching his vids or an artist he gave opportunity.
R.I.P Jamal Edwards.
Those good deeds will always follow you. pic.twitter.com/Gc2eIM10DG
— hardy caprio (@HardyCaprio) February 20, 2022
Jamal edwards overall was just a great brudda, 1 of the first people in this ting to believe in man when I hadn’t done shit, mans superpower was believing in people before they even believed in themselves.
— 👤 (@CLINT419) February 21, 2022
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