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Grammy Awards 2021: Does Burna Boy stand a chance this time?

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The year 2019 was great a year for Nigerian Superstar Burna Boy. With the release of his fourth studio album, “African Giant” followed by well attended concerts all over the world, the “Odogwu” was poised for all the many accolades he could receive in the music world.

“The album which features guest appearances from Jorja Smith, Jeremih, Damian Marley and Future, among others, received generally favourable reviews from music critics, who called it cohesive and praised Burna Boy for not diluting his sound. It was included in the year-end lists issued by several publications, including Billboard, Complex and Pitchfork.”

See below weekly and year-end rankings of “African Giant” album.

Weekly charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)98
Canadian Albums (Billboard)33
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)12
French Albums (SNEP)54
Irish Albums (IRMA)80
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)64
UK Albums (OCC)16
US Billboard 200104

Year-end rankings 

PublicationAccoladeRank
ComplexThe Best Albums of 2019
13
BillboardThe 50 Best Albums of 2019
14
PitchforkThe 50 Best Albums of 2019
26
ViceThe 100 Best Albums of 2019
12
The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
63
Rolling StoneThe 50 Best Albums of 2019
46
The AtlanticThe 18 Best Albums of 2019

 

It was therefore not a surprise at all when “African Giant was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category at the 2020 Grammy Awards together with Altin Gün, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest, Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet and Angelique Kidjo.

Despite receiving formidable reviews, doing well on music charts and winning some major awards, Burna Boy lost out on the ultimate Grammy Awards.

While receiving the Grammy award for the best world album on January 27, 2020, Angelique Kidjo dedicated the award to Burna Boy and stated that indeed, Burna Boy is the future of African music.

“Four years ago, on the stage, I was telling you that the new generation of artistes coming from Africa are going to take you by storm. And the time has come. This is for Burna Boy. Burna Boy is among those young musicians that come from Africa that is changing the way that our continent is perceived and the way that African music has been the bedrock of every music,” she said during her acceptance speech at the award show.

After loosing out on the one thing that would have crowned all of his hard work, Burna Boy revealed that he “felt totally sick” but was however poised to work “Twice as tall.”

“Sick. Totally sick,” he stated. “My musical Mother @angeliquekidjo told me everything I needed to understand about the Grammys. So now I’m “Twice as Tall” (that’s the name of my next Album by the way dropping in July by the grace of the most High),” he wrote in a tweet.

Indeed, the African Giant worked twice as hard and released his fifth studio album, “Twice as Tall”on August 14, 2020, this time, gathering the talents of Youssou N’Dour, Naughty by Nature, Sauti Sol, Chris Martin and Stormzy.

Executive produced by American singer and songwriter Diddy, with generally favourable reviews from music critics as well, “Twice as Tall” set out to take great positions on some music charts.

See chart performance for Twice as Tall below:

Chart performance for Twice as Tall
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)69
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)22
Canadian Albums (Billboard)19
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)10
French Albums (SNEP)29
Irish Albums (OCC)31
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)12
UK Albums (OCC)11
US Billboard 20054

The pandemic has brought everything to a halt, which has stalled momentum with Twice as Tall. While it is doing amazing on charts, a world tour, as he did with “African Giant,”  would have cemented its position.

This year at the Grammys, Burna Boy faces competition from  Antibalas, Bebel Gilberto, Anoushka Shankar and Tinariwen.

Twice as Tall  firmly establishes Burna’s political stance and like the album cover, a hero poised for greatness.

But will a “heroic” album get him a Grammy win when a dazzling crossover moment with African Giant didn’t?

We’ll find out on January 31, 2021.

 

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I’m not desperate for my music to cross borders- Kofi Kinaata

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Award-winning singer-songwriter, Kofi Kinaata has stated emphatically his lack of interest of pushing his music beyond the shores of Ghana. (more…)

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Posting nudes on social media shows how shallow-minded you are- Martha Ankomah

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Ghanaian actress, Martha Ankomah has expressed her distaste for people who post nude photos of themselves on social media. (more…)

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Watch: Medikal, Shatta Wale, others, take to sea for “spiritual cleansing” after release from prison

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Ghanaian dancehall artist, Shatta Wale and rapper Medikal have taken to bathing in the sea to clear out bad omen after their release from prison yesterday, October 26, 2021. (more…)

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Wiyaala and PatchBay Band From Ghana Make History in Dubai

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On Saturday 23rd October 2021, Ghanaian musicians, Wiyaala and the Patchbay Band put up a history-making show at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai at the maiden edition of the All Africa Festival, an event created by Nina Olatoke and supported by Emaar Dubai promoting African culture as a global conversation.

 

In the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, what better advocate for Africa can there be than Wiyaala, who opened her set with her signature tune “Tinambanyi”, a song which foretells the rise of the under-appreciated. This was followed by “Siiko ” which speaks of African tradition in conflict with modern ways and urges the people of Africa not to lose sight of their roots and identity. In “People Don’t Stop”, Wiyaala was again on message urging her people to keep fighting for their dreams. The finale was her hit song “Yaga Yaga” which had the audience enthusiastically joining her in a call and response. The power of the performance was made possible by the skilled musicians of Patchbay who were on top of their game, revelling in the charisma, vocal power and athleticism of the lady who for good reason is also known as the Lioness of Africa.

 

 

What is the All AFRICA FESTIVAL (AFF)

Africa is more than a place; it is in the heart, minds and souls of the people. The event focuses on bringing this cultural experience to life through music, entertainment, fashion, art, food and many other cultural expressions. The mission is to showcase the vibrant energy, beauty, culture and diversity of Africa in all her expressions. To introduce Africa to the African and the rest of the world. The festival is partnered by EMAAR, one of the largest real estate developers in the UAE known for various large-scale projects such as developing Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, Ojamea, West Blue Consulting, UAE Africa Networking Group, Kiza and Narratives PR UAE.

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Medikal granted GHC 100,000 bail

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been granted bail by following his arrest on October, 22, 2021.

The court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, granted Medikal a bail of GHC 100,000 with one surety.

Medikal was arrested on October,  22nd, 2021 and remanded in prison for five days after brandishing a Ruger 9mm pistol on social media.

Medikal was charged with the public display of arms and ammunitions but he plead not guilty to the charge.

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Shatta Wale, three accomplices granted GH¢100,000 bail each

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Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, has been granted bail following his one week remand in the Ankaful Prison. (more…)

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