Femi Kuti explains the politics behind losing his first Grammy nomination

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Femi Kuti has revealed why he lost out after his first Grammy nomination in 2003.

Femi Kuti opens up on how he lost his Grammy nomination in 2003. [Pulse]

Femi Kuti’s album, ‘Fight To Win,’ was nominated for his first Grammy in 2003 under the ‘Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording’.

The legendary son of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, however, said that he was facing a crisis in his career with the record company he was signed on in France, MCA, when he got his first Grammy nomination.

He said his issue with the record label resulted into his losing the first Grammy nomination because he was blacklisted after sacking his French manager and quitting the company.

Femi Kuti has revealed how his late father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, condemned his first album, ‘Femi Kuti,’ calling it useless only to later praise him after the release of his second album.

He is still recognized as a LEGEND in the African music scene.

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