Dua Lipa and Rita Ora have joined the long queue of celebs paying their tributes to Jamal Edwards, the British music entrepreneur and SBTV founder who is now dead at the young age of 31.
Edwards, at the age of 16, launched the channel as a springboard for grassroots artists in his hometown, London. He later bagged an MBE award for his contribution to music. Jamal Edwards was reported to have passed away on Sunday, February 20th.
When Edward’s parents gifted him a video camera for Christmas at the age of 15, he found a way to turn it to local talent and uploading the videos to YouTube. The platform currently prides itself of having over 122 million subscribers.
Many friends and well-wishers have gone on social media to commemorate the life and times of a music trailblazer who offered assistance and exposure to countless artists, including Dua Lipa and Rita Ora.
On her IG Stories, Dua Lipa wrote: “Heartbroken to hear this news. RIP Jamal. My thoughts are with all his friends and family and the many people’s lives he has touched and brought together. Gone way too soon.”
“My first ever interview was with you, Jamal,” she wrote on her Instagram. “Our endless talks on music and the belief you had in me and so many of us before we even believed in ourselves. I’m devastated. No words can describe how grateful I am to of been in your presence. Thank you for all you ever showed me,” wrote Rita Ora.