Jamaican dancehall artiste Valiant has won his first Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Award, securing a win in the category of Best Caribbean Music Act at the 26th staging of the award show.
Valiant, born Raheem Bowes, quickly rose to popularity after his phrase ‘Kotch E Hat’ went viral online in 2022. What followed was a stream of hits such as Dunce Cheque, Speed Off, and Barbies that firmly positioned the young deejay as a rising star in dancehall.
A little over a year later, the artiste received his first MOBO Award nomination. Valiant received his nomination alongside Trinidadian soca singer Destra, Kittitian deejay Byron Messia, and fellow Jamaicans Kabaka Pyramid, Popcaan, and Shenseea.
Valiant was announced as this year’s winner on Wednesday during the MOBO Award’s online pre-show. Valiant later took to Instagram to express his gratitude, extending his thanks to God and his many supporters.
“1 year and God has been so good to me, the journey has not been easy. Dancehall is no game but my Faith and strong mind carried me all this way. I just want to thank all my true fans and supporters who believes in me,” Valiant wrote.
He continues, “I want to thank my day one Dwg dem. Can’t big up everybody but Jah know words can’t explain how me member them use to say me naah reach far but all me can say is BELIEVE INA YOURSELF,” Valiant wrote.
Valiant also shouted out his fellow nominees and went on to share a few celebratory posts in his Instagram Stories that saw the deejay opening some bottles of champagne at a poolside.
In addition to Jamaicans, his fellow young artistes, and veterans, Valiant also thanked his haters and promised that new music is on the way.
View the posts below.