Nigerian Afrobeat musician and son of a legendary musician, Seun Kuti, has apologized to Nigerians for not performing at the 61st Grammy Awards.
Kuti, who was slated to perform at the award ceremony, said he failed to mount the stage as a result of flight ticket mix up. leader of the Egypt 80 band had been announced alongside Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara to perform at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony which went down at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, on Sunday, 10th of February, 2019.
After grabbing his first ever Grammy nomination, the singer failed to show up but however, apologized to his fans in his post on Instagram.
“First and foremost I have to say I am sorry to all the fans that tuned in to see us perform yesterday but didn’t. I had the weirdest ticket mix up in history meaning I missed my flight and the rehearsals and we couldn’t go on. Big up to Soweto Gospel choir a group that has also inspired me. @fatoumata_diawara__ for holding down our show without me. Our entire team we must keep banging the door till they let us in.” he posted.
Nominated in the ‘World Music’ category, Seun who however made it to the main ceremony was nominated for his 2018 released album, ”Black Times” alongside South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir, Bombino from Niger, Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara and Soviet’s Yiddish Glory.
The Soweto Gospel Choir were crowned on the night for their album ”Freedom”, making it a third Grammy plaque for the iconic choir following previews wins in 2007 and 2008.
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