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Seun Kuti Nominated For 2019 Grammy Award

Afro Beat singer Seun Kuti the son of the late legendary Afro Beat musical genre pioneer Fela has been nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards. The award is set to hold on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, United States.

The nomination, as announced yesterday morning, Friday December 7, 2018 came shortly after Seun Kuti had submitted his recent album, ”Black Times” for consideration by the Grammy Awards panel in October.

According to the Grammy, this award is “for albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.”

Seun Kuti is nominated for his album, ‘Black Times’, which was released on March 2, 2018 as ‘Best World Music Album’ category alongside Bombino – Deran (Niger Republic), Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo (Mali), Soweto Gospel Choir – Freedom (South Africa) and Yiddish Glory – The Lost Songs of World War II (Canada).

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It should be noted however that Seun’s older brother, Femi, has been nominated for Grammy award several times: 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2014, but unfortunately never won one.

Other nominated Nigerian musicians who never won the award are: juju legend, King Sunny Adé, and late traditional drummer, Babatunde Olatunji.

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