The attention of Nigerians will be turned to the country’s nominee at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Seun Kuti, one of music legend, Fela ‘Anikulapo’ Kuti’s sons in music has been nominated in the Best World Music Album category.
His album, ‘Black Times’ which has been well critiqued by Afrobeat music lovers is up against; Deran by Bombino, Freedom by the Soweto Gospel Choir, The Lost Songs of the World War II by Yiddish Glory and Fatoumata Diawara’s ‘Fenfo’.
Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band will hope to go a step further than his elder brother, Femi Kuti who has been nominated on four occasions in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013 but has never won.
Seun’s Black Times stands up there as one of the finest contemporary music albums in 2018 and will be keenly hoping that his name is announced at the Staples Centre later tonight.
The album spoke about the Nigerian society and its ills, in a way that could give many the idea that Seun is perhaps a chip off an old block.
If Seun wins, it will be the first Grammy Award for a huge musical family from Africa’s biggest music industry.
While it will do Nigerian music a lot of good, it will also be a great step towards the promotion of conscious music in the country.
May history be made!