Several African music artists have won nominations for the 59th Annual Grammys, which is set to air on CBS on Sunday, Feb 12 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Among the nominees are Wizkid, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Faridah Demola-Seriki, better known as “Kah-Lo.”
Nigeria’s Wizkid has been nominated for a Grammy for his contribution on Canadian star Drake`s album “Views” and the single “One Dance.” If Drake wins Album of the Year, Wizkid would go home with two awards for production and guest feature on the album.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, an acapella group from South Africa, received a nomination in the category of Best World Music Album for “Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers.” In the past, the group has been nominated 17 times and actually won four Grammys.
South African-born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout received a nomination in the World category for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
Another Nigerian, Faridah Demola-Seriki, or Kah-Lo, was nominated for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Riton’s song “Rinse & Repeat.”
Past African Grammy winners besides Ladysmith Black Mambazo have included Angelique Kidjo of Benin, the late Ali Farka Touré of Mali, Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa, Youssou N’Dour of Senegal, and Tinariwen of Mali.