Windhoek – A contingent of African music superstars – DJ Black Coffee, Wiz Kid, Tems, Rocky Dawuni, Femi and Made Kuti and the legendary Angelique Kidjo – have been nominated for next year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.
The 64th edition of the awards will be held on January 31, 2022, at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles in the United States.
Femi and Made Kuti’s collaborative album, Legacy+, has been nominated for Best Global Music Album, where Nigerians are up against Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni’s Voice of Bunbon, Vol 1” and Angelique Kidjo’s Mother Nature.
A strong favourite in that category is Afropop sensation Wiz Kid’s Made in Lagos: Deluxe Edition album.
One of the songs on that album – “Essence”, featuring Tems – has also been nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Other nominees in that category are previous Grammy winners Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy, as well as Femi Kuti and Arooj Aftab. Kidjo comes up twice here for her collabo with American musician Yo-Yo Ma on “Blewu”.
South African songwriter, producer and DJ, Nkosilathi Maphumulo, better known as Black Coffee, has been nominated in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category for SUBCONSCIOUSLY, which he released in February 2021.
The “Drive” hitmaker is vying for the award together with Marshmellow, Sylvan Esso, Major Lazer, Illenium and house music group Ten City.
Reacting to his nomination, the Durban-born artist said “Everything is just unreal. I found out like everyone else. There is no private mail or anything. They just announced it and I was not even aware of it. Wow!”
The CEO of Recording Institute of South Africa, Nhlanhla Sibisi, called the nomination a proud moment for the country.
“A Grammy nomination is a recognition Black Coffee deserves fully and it’s already a win for the house and dance music genre that South Africa is known for world over. We have witnessed his rise in the industry and how far he has come with his music. We send our best wishes to Black Coffee and will be cheering him on as he takes on the best of the best in his category,” said Sibisi.