Seun Kuti Gets Grammy Nomination, Breaks Fela's Record With Black Times
By Iwedi Ojinmah 9 months ago
Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band, has been nominated for 61st Grammy’s best world music album for his Black Times album.
Black Times is the fourth album by Seun and Egypt 80, the extraordinary dance orchestra created by Fela Kuti as a conduit for the common people. Inherited by the 14-year- old Seun in 1997, the younger Kuti has been building to this, his most accomplished and honest album yet. “Black Times is a true reflection of my political and social beliefs,” says the singer, bandleader, and musician, 34. “It is an album for anybody who believes in change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together. The elites always try to divide the working class and the poor people of the world. The same oppression felt by workers in Flint, Michigan is felt by workers in Lagos and Johannesburg.”
The album had previously debuted at number eight on the BillBoard World Music Chart. The move beats the record of his father, the ‘Afrobeat’ legend whose album ‘Live in Detroit’ was number nine on the same chart in 1986.
The youngest son of late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti will be contesting the category with four other nominees: Bombino – Deran, Fatoumata Diawara– Fenfo, Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom and Yiddish Glory – The Lost
Songs of World War II.
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The nominations, which were announced Friday, saw Kendrick Lamar leading the field, with eight nods recognising his work for the “Black Panther” soundtrack, including the hit song “All the Stars” with SZA.
Variety.com reported that Drake is right on his tails with seven nominations, and producer Boi-1da and Americana singer Brandi Carlile are just behind them with six apiece.
Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Childish Gambino, Maren Morris, R&B newcomer H.E.R., and producer Sounwave all notched five nominations..
According to Variety.com, in a departure from last year, in which Jay-Z was the only artist to score nods in the top three categories, this time around, Drake, Lamar, and Carlile all garnered nominations for record, song, and album of the year.
Drake’s single “God’s Plan” and his album “Scorpion” are both recognized; Lamar’s “All the Stars” and the “Black Panther” soundtrack he curated are vying for the top categories; and Carlile’s song “The Joke,” along with her album “By the Way, I Forgive You,” nabbed top nominations as well.
The 2019 Grammy is set to hold on February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, US