Burna Boy has reacted to being Nominated for the second time in a row for the Grammy awards, with first being 2020 and now 2021.
The African Giant as he is popularly referred to, reacted to this great news immediately the nomination list was released on the 24th of November 2020, and it was announced that his 2020 boy of work, ‘Twice As Tall’ made the cut for the category of ‘Best Global Music Album’.
Reacting via Twitter, he simple said, “Another one… ” with a photo of himself caught while making his signature legwork moves.
Well let’s Take a Look at The Other Artistes Nominated for a Grammy alongside Burna Boy, Shall We?
- Antibalas- Fu Chronicles
According to Wikipedia, Antibalas which is Spanish for “bulletproof” is an American, Brooklyn-based afrobeat band that is modeled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive Orchestra.
Their nominated album, Fu Chronicles is their 7th studio album coming after 20 years together. It is 6-track long and has been described by critics as a fusion between the spirit and soul of Fela Kuti with modern funky sounds as well as a ‘martial arts-inspired testament to afrobeat’.
Interestingly, their lead singer, Duke Amayo though British, is born of Nigerian parents and was inspired to do afrobeat while at Fela’s shrine.
This nomination makes their first from the Recording Academy.
- Bebel Gilberto- Agora
Bebel Gilberto is a Brazilian-American popular singer who makes samba, latin pop, bossa nova and downtempo music among other genres.
Her nominated album is an 11-track affair recorded after suffering a number of personal tragedies. According to Pitchfork, her ‘album is characteristically delicate in tone and full of charm.’ On ‘Agora,’ Gilberto also makes use of her Brazilian language and sang frequently in it.
This is Bebel’s first album in six years and is her 4th Grammy nomination.
3.(7th time Grammy Award Nominee) Anoushka Shankar- Love Letters
Anoushkha is a British Indian sitar player and composer. (The sitar is an instrument related to the guitar and its use is prominent in her works.)
Her 6-track album is birthed from heartbreak and personal health and domestic issues. It contains songs with a strong traditional Indian elements as well as indie and classical songs. Love Letters has been described as ‘experimental, ethereal, beautiful and heartbreaking.’
This nomination is Anoushka’s 7th.
- (Grammy Award Winners & Burna Boy’s African Contenders) Tinariwen- Amadjar
Meaning ‘Deserts,’ Tinariwen, is a group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.
‘Amadjar’ which is their 8th studio album means ‘foreign traveller,’ and has 13 tracks with an eclectic selection of artistes featured.
Their album has been described as an epitome of desert blues and has with this nomination, gotten them a step closer to another Grammy. This is because the band won the award for Best World Music in 2012 and got nominated under the same category later on in 2018.
happy people, do you think Burna Boy is bringing the Grammy home this time?