Grammy nominations show African music surging into the global spotlight

Sizwe Sibiya

It’s been a tough year with the pandemic and climate change issues, but it’s been a great year for the African entertainment industry and its stars.

The music has been cooking and getting refined on the continent for generations, and now it is getting the attention it deserves.

This is reflected in the fact that eight stars from Africa, including Mzansi’s pride and joy, DJ Black Coffee, have been nominated in various categories on the Grammy Awards 2022.

Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo from KwaMashu in Durban, has been nominated in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category for his project Subconsciously which was released in February this year.

Other artists who are nominated include five Nigerians, singer Tems, rapper Wizkid, Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti and his son Made who were nominated for the album Legacy+ and the BET Award winner Burna Boy who got nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category for the single “Do Yourself”.

In Benin, singer and actress Angelique Kidjo, a four times Grammy award winner, got nominated in three categories, namely Best Global Music Album and two other nominations for the Best Global Performance Award, while Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni got nominated in the Best Reggae album category.

The prestigious annual entertainment awards event which announced the nominees for Grammy 22 on Tuesday has previously nominated iconic acts from Mzansi like the late Jazz legend Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, the late Johnny Clegg, the Soweto Gospel Choir who bagged two awards in 2008 and the Ladysmith Black Mambazo who have been nominated 18 times and have successfully won five awards since 1988.

Meanwhile, congratulations are continuing to pour in for Black Coffee from the South African entertainment industry and from all corners of the globe. 

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on 31 January 2022 at the Staples Theatre in Los Angeles.

Audio source: @YouTube