Seun Kuti has been listed to perform at the 61st GRAMMY Awards premiere ceremony. The Afrobeat singer and his band, Kuti and Egypt 80, have been nominated in the Best World Music Album category for “Black Times” released on the 2nd of March, 2018.
He is to share the stage with Malian singer, Fatoumata Diawara, for a performance at the stage.
Seun Kuti’s co-performer, Diawara, introduces her second studio album “Fenfo” (Something to say) seven years after dropping “Fatou“. The 11-track album has put Diawara in the mix with Seun as they both seek accolades for their works. The album was released on the 18th of May, 2018.
Kuti’s performance will be viewed online by viewers who visit GRAMMY’s website on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
The Kuti Family Legacy
Seun Kuti and his brother, Femi Kuti, have walked in the shoes of their late father, the legendary Fela Kuti, to create awesome music and have been nominated for their works. The saxophone still remains the Kuti identity.
Seun Kuti’s nomination in the Best World Music Album category is his first nomination. Femi Kuti, on the other hand, has been nominated four times, although he has not been able to take home any of the awards. He was nominated in the World Music category in 2003. Other nominations where done in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Seun Kuti sees it as a reason to celebrate if he is able to break the chain of unsuccessful nominations. While sharing what the GRAMMY nominations means to him, Seun Kuti on December 2018, told BBC News that he did not expect the news.
“ It felt amazing, highly unexpected great news, it completely blew my mind“.
Seun’s songs include:
Think Africa (2008)
Mosquito Song (2008)
Struggle Sounds (2016)
Na Oil (2008), amongst others.
On Instagram, the singer was excited and felt highly honoured to perform at the ceremony.