Femi Anikulapo Kuti Gets 4th Grammy Nomination

Nigerian afrobeat king, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, son of the late ‘Abami Eda’, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy awards for the fourth time in his career, in the World Music Album category, for his 2013 album, No Place For My Dream.

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Femi has been nominated thrice earlier – 2003, 2010, 2012, in the same category but has never won the award. No Nigerian has also ever won the prestigious award.

Leading the nominations for the winners of the 56th edition of the Grammies which would be announced on January 26th 2014, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles are, Jay Z with 9 nominations, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams with seven nods each and Drake, up for five awards.

In relating news to Femi, he also graces the cover of the latest issue of Mystreetz magazine. According to Sesan Adeniji, publisher of Mystreetz magazine, ‘‘with the success of the recent Felabration, it is crystal clear that Afrobeat music is indestructible’’.

‘‘Among several artistes that have carried on the Afrobeat struggle after its creator Fela Kuti passed on, no one has done more to Afrobeat than Femi Kuti. Against incredible odds, Femi has consistently been increasing the fortunes of the genre and breaking previously unimaginable grounds all around the world. Since conquering the challenges of the early days and consequently shutting up naysayers and armchair critics alike with his unparalleled success, Femi has probably done more for Afrobeat than anyone can ever imagine.

 

Cover Photography By August Udoh.


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