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Here is a list of Africans nominated and the categories in which they have been nominated, in the 2020 Grammy Awards

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Afro-Squad: The Africans nominated for 2020 Grammys

It is no longer news that the 62nd Grammy Awards event is around the corner. However, what many may not know is that for the first time in decades, the award show will be held in January against its age-long tradition of hosting the annual ceremony in February.

What is more, a good number of Africans made it to the list of nominees for the prestigious music award.  

The nominees for different categories in the award were announced on Wednesday by the Recording Academy organizers. 

The prestigious award will be hosted by multi-Grammy winning American singer, Alicia Keys at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, on 26 January 2020. 

Here is a list of Africans nominated and the categories in which they have been nominated, in the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Burna Boy

Afro-Squad: The Africans nominated for 2020 Grammys

Country: Nigeria

Category: Best World Music

The African Giant received his debut Grammy nomination for the ‘Best World Music Album’. The Afrobeat singer got the nomination with his 2019 “African Giant” album.

He announced the nomination via his Twitter handle @Burnaboy saying:

Angelique Kidjo

Afro-Squad: The Africans nominated for 2020 Grammys

Country: Benin

Category: Best World Music

Also nominated in the same category with Burna Boy is the multi-Grammy-winning Angelique Kidjo.

She is nominated for her latest album, Celia which is a tribute to the late Afro-Cuban Celia Cruz. The Beninoise is the only African to have won the Grammy up to 3 times.

Trevor Noah

Afro-Squad: The Africans nominated for 2020 Grammys

Country: South Africa

Category: Best Comedy Album

Trevor Noah is a South African-American comedian, political commentator and thespian. He took to his Twitter and Instagram handles to announce his nomination.

His work ‘Son of Patricia’ earned him the nomination for the ‘Best Comedy Album’. 

The above named Africans are the individually-nominated candidates for the Grammy Awards.

However, a few other Africans made the 2020 Grammy nomination list, as they were joint nominees for their contributions on Beyonce’s album, Lion King: The Gift which was nominated for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’.

The artistes are: Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Tiwa Savage, Salatiel, Yemi Alade, Busiswa, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Moonchild Sanelly, Busiswa and Burna Boy.

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2Baba releases new album “Warriors”

The album is a key offering in the celebration of 2Baba’s 20 Years A King project.

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Award-winning Afropop icon 2Baba has released his new album titled “Warriors” earlier today, February 28. This album is released as part of his 20 Years a King (#20YearAKing) celebration, commemorating the two decades he has spent in the Nigerian music industry.

This new album contains just 13 tracks including previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features appearances from AJ Natives, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

The production of the album is handled by a galaxy of PBanks, Spelz, Blaq Jeerzy, Bolji Beatz, Speroach Beatz, Richie, Ploops and his longtime collaborator, Jay Sleek.

Interestingly, this is the first 2Baba album that comes with a title track, which also serves as the opener of the full-length project.

On Tuesday, February 25, the celebrated singer held a well-attended listening party for the album at the Artisan Lounge bar, Lagos.

His seventh studio album, “Warriors” is the long-overdue follow up to “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release in 2014.

Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Netflix Announces First Original Nigerian Series

This comes just after the U.S-based streaming giant launched Netflix Naija.

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Popular media-services provider Netflix has announced the production of its first original African series to be headlined by Nollywood director, Akin Omotoso.

This would be a six-part series that features an all-star Nollywood cast of Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and many others. 

Directed by a team of Akin Omotosho, Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi, the series tells the story of a reincarnated goddess who seeks to avenge her sister’s death.

This announcement comes just after the U.S-based streaming platform unveiled Netflix Naija on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

In a statement with Premium Times, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos revealed that “movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosians have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies. 

“So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”

Over the past year, Netflix has featured a number of Nollywood movies on its streaming platform. Among such movies include the culturally and commercially successful King of Boys, October 1, The Figurine, Mokalik, and Merry Men. 

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Pilani Bubu to launch new album, “Folklore – Chapter 1”

This full-length project was released in November last year.

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South African soul singer Pilani Bubu is set to hold a launch party for her latest album “Folklore – Chapter 1” later today, 27 February. This event is set to take place at Untitled Basement in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the launch today, Bubu will perform live with a full band featuring Luke van der Merwe, Bheka Mthethwa and many others.

“My approach has always been to perform my music for at least two years live before recording,” Bubu said. “It often grows and new ideas come in.

My band members are also involved in the making of the album,” she says.

Released in November 2019, “Folklore – Chapter 1” contains a total of 17 songs and features appearances from Lebo Mochudi, Billy Monama, and others. It is the follow up to her 8-track sophomore album, “Warrior of Light” which was released to good reviews in 2016.

“Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared among a people, captured through various art forms inclusive of traditional beliefs, customs, proverbs, sayings and tales passed on through generations by word of mouth.

“In this album series I want to treasure traditional folk music, giving it a more contemporary setting, renewed meaning and more context,” she revealed about the new album.

“Folklore – Chapter 1” was produced by a team of Bheka Mthethwa, Billy Monama, Robin Fernie while Troy Lilley handled the engineering.

The album is currently available on all major streaming platforms and physical copies would be sold at the event.

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