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Why Nigerian Artistes Can’t Win Grammy Awards – Akintunde Brown

Popular Nigerian musician and recording artiste, Akintunde Brown, speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday reveals why Nigerian musicians cannot win Grammy Award.

According to Brown Nigeria’s hip hop and other genre do not conform to world music standards adding Nigerian artists are found of singing in local dialect and Poor sounds Quality.

He said: “We have sounds from different parts of Africa, the mixture will make it a world class sound but we are not complying with that,”

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“We also do not use the right nomenclatures which consist of dynamic and partly subjective set of songs, which can be identified by having been performed or recorded by variety of musical acts, often with different arrangements.

“At the Grammy’s, you have a best R&B album category, but someone who calls his music Afro-Soul, or Fuji Blues and some other names in Nigeria cannot win in that category,

Brown said Sikiru Adepoju who, in 2009, won the “Best World Contemporary World Music Album,’’ won because he was part of Mickey Harts group, Planet Drum US-1991.

“Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, got a nomination for his contribution to one dance by Drake in the Album of the Year category. A song which has been streamed over a billion times but of what importance does data brings to the table.

“They create category when they feel like honouring an artiste and their people must be involved,’’ he said.

Brown noted that the genre of music that artistes create in Nigeria cannot blend with what obtains in the international music.

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Citing “David Adeleke, aka, Davido; and Olamide Adedeji and many others, Brown said do not even stand a single chance to win anything because the beats and sounds are nothing to that of, let’s say Drake or Jay Z.

Kellerman is a Grammy Award-winning South African flutist, producer and composer who has won seven South African Music Awards, SAMA.


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