Femi Kuti

Grammy Awards 2022: Wizkid, Tems, bag nominations

Nigerian music icon Wizkid and his collaborator Tems have just bagged nominations for the 64th Grammy awards.  Big news for fans of Wizkid and the Starboy himself as he secured two nominations for the forthcoming Grammy awards 2022. Wizkid alongside Tems was nominated in the “Best Global Music Performance” category. The “Essence” crooner and his collaborator were not the only Nigerians to bag a Grammy nod this year. Femi Kuti and his son Made Kuti was also nominated for the 2022 Grammy awards in the “Best Global Music Album” category for their joint album “LEGACY +”. Wizkid and Femi Kuti were nominated both in the “Best Global Music Performance” and “Best Global Music Album”. Burna Boy got another Grammy nomination this year as for his contribution to Angelique Kidjo’s song “Do Yourse...

Grammy Awards Nominations 2022: See Full List

The Grammy Awards is coming back for its 64th edition next year January 2022, a list of nominees has been announced by the CEO Harvey Mason Jr. during a live stream.  “The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 31, 2022. It will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.” This year four Nigerians made the list of nominees, Wizkid, Tems, Femi Kuti and Made Kuti. Wizkid and Femi Kuti bagged two nominations while Tems and Made Kuti bagged 1 each. They were either nominated in the “Best World Music Album” category, “Best World Music Performance” or both. Check out the full list of Grammy 2022 nominees below. Record of the Year ABBA – I Still Have Faith in YouJon Batiste – Free...

Femi Kuti – Pà Pá Pà

Nigerian Afrobeats legend, Femi Kuti returns with a new single titled “Pà Pá Pà”, ahead of his collaborative project “Legacy +” album with Made Kuti. The terms ‘Pà Pá Pà‘ is a common slang in Nigeria that describes doing things quickly. Femi Kuti also asked the government to fix the Nation as soon as possible without wasting time. Moreover, the 18-tracks project, “Legacy +” album is divided into two sections with 10-tracks for Femi Kuti and 8-tracks for Made Kuti (Femi’s grandson). The LP, “Legacy +”  will be available next year. ‘Femi’s album, Stop The Hate, radiates the unique Afrobeat sound that he has forged throughout his long career, affirming the sharply political conviction that his father would’ve claimed in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Made’s album, For(e)ward, is a m...

Made in Nigeria: The Grandson of Fela Kuti Upholds His Family’s Afrobeat Message

“A self-centered way of life will bring all of us down in the end,” Made Kuti sighs on “Different Streets,” the saddest funky track to come out in 2020.  The song [a cut off his forthcoming solo album, For(e)ward] starts off on an invigorating note, with an Afrobeat rhythm driven by a pulsing riff. Kuti delivers a freeform alto sax solo and lays down thick layers of drums, playing all the instruments himself. But when he sings, the Nigerian musician sounds defeated.  “We must now understand just how scary it is that we are facing the same problems from the ’70s,” he murmurs during a mid-song monologue, his voice low in the mix as he echoes the frustrations of his late, great grandfather, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.  CREDIT: Optimus Dammy Throughout Fo...

Facebook and Red Cross Launch #AfricaTogether

Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether – a digital campaign and two-day festival on June 4th and 5th featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against COVID-19. With more than 100,000 coronavirus cases confirmed on the continent and containment measures easing in many countries, #AfricaTogether combines musical and comedic performances with information from COVID-19 first responders and fact-checkers from across Africa. #AfricaTogether will include a festival with performances by artists such as Aramide, Ayo, Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Youssou N’dour amongst many others, as well as a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross a...