AN award-winning East Morton music promoter was invited to chair a question-and-answer panel at an event marking the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

Sabir Hussain – aka Saby Khan – said he was "shocked but delighted" to be asked to take part in the event, at Leeds City Museum.

Around 100 people attended, plus there were more than 100,000 web viewers from across the UK and America.

As well as chairing the panel, Saby spoke about the evolution of hip-hop music.

And he led a discussion on how it could be used to combat knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

"It's very important to have these discussions because hip-hop music is not just about listening to rappers but contributing to social life and learning to become self-dependent too," he says.

"I also spoke about making music independently before getting selected by a record label."

Two years ago, Saby received the Points of Light Award for “exceptional service” after founding British Asian Radio – the first station of its kind in the UK for independent artists, musicians and rappers.

The Points of Light Award was introduced in the UK in 2014 to recognise outstanding achievement. It was presented to Saby, on behalf of then Prime Minister Boris Johnson, by Keighley MP Robbie Moore.