AFRICANS WHO HAVE WON A GRAMMY
It’s a wrap for the 60th annual Grammy Awards and it’s time for us to reflect on the performance of Africans. The Grammy’s is the biggest music award show in the world and it’s the greatest accolade a musician can get. Just being nominated is admirable. So it’s really a big deal to win a Grammy, especially when you’re from a foreign continent. Here, are the Africans of all-time who have won a Grammy.
- Youssou N’Dour. 1 Grammy, 3 times nominee
Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer, songwriter, composer, actor, businessman, and politician. . He won Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2005 for his album “Egypt”. He was nominated for Best World Music Album in 1993 for his album “Eyes Open”. He was nominated again for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2009 for his album “Rokku Mi Rokka”.
- Tinariwen. 1 Grammy, 2 times nominee
Tinariwen is a group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. They won Best World Music Album in 2012 for their album “Tassili”. They got nominated for Best World Music Album in 2018 for their album “Elwan”.
- Wouter Kellerman. 1 Grammy, 2 times nominee.
Wouter Kellerman is a South African flautist, producer and composer. He won Best New Age Album in 2015 for his album “Winds of Samsara”. He was also nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2016 for his album “Love Language”.
- Soweto Gospel Choir. 2 Grammy, 4 times nominee
The Soweto Gospel Choir is a South African gospel group of 43 members. Their first Grammy was for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 for their album “Blessed”. They won the same category in 2008 with their album “African Spirit”. They got nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2009 for their album “Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre”. Their forth nomination was for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2011 for their album “Grace”.
- Ali Farka Touré. 3 Grammys, 3 times nominee
Ali Ibrahim “Ali Farka” Touré was a Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist. He won his first Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1995 with his album “Talking Timbuktu”. He won for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2006 with his album “In the Heart of the Moon”. He won his third Grammy for Best Traditional World Music Album with “Ali and Toumani” in 2011.
- Angélique Kidjo. 3 Grammys, 5 times nominee
Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, popularly known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter and activist. She won Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2008 with her album “Djin Djin”. She won Best World Music Album in 2015 with “Eve”. She won that same category in 2016 with “Sings”. She was nominated in 1995 for Best Music Video with her music video “Agolo”. She was also nominated in 2011 for Best Contemporary World Music Album with her album “Õÿö”.
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 5 Grammys, 10 times nominee
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male choral group singing in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They won their first Grammy in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Album with their album “Shaka Zulu”. They won Best Traditional World Music Album in 2005 with “Raise Your Spirit Higher”. They won that same category in 2009 with “Ilembe”. They won Best World Music Album in 2014 with “Singing for Peace Around The World”. They won Best World Music Album again in 2018 with “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration”. They were nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1995 with “Liph’ Iqiniso”. They were nominated for Best World Music Album in 2012 with “Songs from a Zulu Farm”. They were nominated in that same category in 2016 and 2017 with “Music From Inala: A Zulu Ballet” and “Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers” respectively. They also gained nomination for Best Children’s Album in 2018 with “Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World”