Bringing them all together to celebrate the African culture and music in Portugal was a great experience and feeling. But we try and give other people opportunities. That reminds me of Afro Nation. Now, in Europe anyway, every festival is booking Afrobeats, so half of our job's done. I dressed like a rapper anyway. "Oh, y'all got airports?" But for me, I'm really looking forward to seeing America because we sold so many tickets to Americans interested in the brand, the music and culture, and the diaspora there. But, we came through it, we produced something that we're proud of but we want to build it. The situation also brought a lot of accountability in the music industry. But with my style, I liked the urban style. We just wanted to prove a point, and within 24 hours, all the tickets were gone. Set to globally premier July 31 on Disney+, the visual album is based on the music from Queen Bey's The Lion King: The Gift, the soundtrack album she curated for the 2019 The Lion King remake; Black Is King will be released nearly two weeks after the film's one-year anniversary. Every festival we've done so far in different places, they all have their own feel. It's important. We both obviously had a passion for this music, this genre, the culture because of our background. It's more than just going to a festival. We'd never seen anything like it. I was like, "Yo, I think I want to do African music." Read: Yvonne Orji On Her First-Ever HBO Comedy Special, Faith & Celebrating Black Joy. Each Afro Nation fest highlights the biggest players—and up-and-comers—in Afro-fusion, reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, soca and other black-led musical movements. This was the second time that the Nigerian star Davido arrived at the Grammys Museum platform. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } This is what Afro Nation stands for, unifying. - A fan of Davido recently said the singer was only interested in making good music and not the Grammys, - There rumours on social media that the musician did not submit A Good Time for Grammy consideration, - Not long after, an old video of the Nigerian singer surfaced on social media where he stated that it took God to win a Grammy award, - In the video, Davido stated that artistes should just accept whatever award their music fetched them. Kel P came from a strong musical upbringing and was a musician and an artist before venturing into producing. And I sign you down for a contract and you giving me 60% of your money and you can invest in yourself. To be honest with you, as we said before, it's ever-evolving. You're an Afrobeats breakout star. Ghana is an amazing place. Not only do we want to have fun, we also want to make sure that we do a little something extra for the beautiful countries who host us. We are constantly learning about new music and new artists. Obi: Yeah, it does. Do you have any plans or ideas for future locations this year or next? And not even just being Black, being African. You know what I'm saying? We're very proud of it. Wizkid and Davido grammy award nomination seem to make the round considering both are currently having a stellar career. We have people that never ever thought they would be in Africa celebrating, leaving their homes, or coming with their families to celebrate in Africa during the festive period. Content on this site does not reflect an endorsement or recommendation of any artist or music by the Recording Academy. SMADE: Also, we research and see the best acts to be on the stage. They might be overlooked on social media, but we know that they will be one of the highlights. First on the scene was A Good Time, now it's A Better Time. At the 2020 GRAMMYs, the album received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while album track "Spirit," performed by Beyoncé, received nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. It's a constantly evolving process. According to Vinne, contrary to views that Wizkid who was featured in the “Brown Skin girl” video that was nominated for the Grammy awards covers only Beyoncé and the producers of the video. Different reasons and arguments have sprung up concerning the issue on social media. I'm also looking forward to seeing people from different races and cultures coming together to celebrate African music and seeing the unity that Afro Nation brings to people. I can't wait to see how people are going to vibe there and what's going to happen. As a person with a bi-cultural background, you could have gone either way with your music. @ChronixxMusic performing in Kenya ⁣⁣See him live at #AfroNationPuertoRico ⁣ pic.twitter.com/k1vm7m3Hnw. Here you’ll discover how many awards and nominations each of them has. And even the French-speaking and the Portuguese—there's Afro Portuguese now. Imagine how many people had time to sit down and really reflect on their life? In summary, Davido has won for himself 42 awards from 87 nominations. Sometimes just because of the color of your skin, you might not get a lot of honesty from somebody. Some of his fans think he deserved a Grammy nomination, however, a social media user has labelled these fans as mad people. Sometimes we need to push our customers to new things. In 2017, he began to make his own beats, and recalls how nervous he was the first time he played his work for "One In A Million" singer SolidStar. One point to note is that Wizkid started his musical career 1 year earlier than Davido. Beyoncé: Justice For Breonna Taylor Would Demonstrate The Value Of A Black Woman's Life, Photo: Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images. You have your own label. When you're creating, how do you get in the zone? These events are something that haven't been done before. Davido, who also runs his own label, undoubtly is expanding Afrobeats' reach, yet that arguably is not the most interesting thing about the artist who went to college at the young age of 15 before his music career took off. They used to ask me questions like, "Yo, how'd you get to America?" See a list of some awards Davido has won below. Who shaped your music? You in the studio, you make something from scratch and one hour later everybody in the studio's singing what you just made. The culture is being felt everywhere. Wizkid, Davido and Teni have all reacted and congratulated, African Giant, Burna Boy for his 2020 … In the live music world, I think Afro Nation has shocked a lot of people that this crowd will buy tickets in advance and [pauses] I don't know many festivals that most of the crowd are female. The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States for outstanding achievements in the record industry. Nigerian musician, David Adeleke who is known as Davido has once again popped up in a Twitter thread. I remember when it aired all my family, my brothers, people I went to school with back in the days, hit me up like, "Yo, that's crazy." I think that this is going to be a really interesting one. Tell me about that experience. "Oh, keep going." The GRAMMY Museum has announced the next special guest in its Mentorship Monday series: singer, songwriter and producer Davido.You can catch the session Monday, Aug. 31 from 11:30–12:30 p.m. PT on the GRAMMY Museum's Instagram. It's crazy because like I said, I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, this was when I was 15, 16, so I've always understood like, yo, this is going to happen. Weeks into the pandemic, we had George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter movement getting major attention. I went to school in Alabama. We spoke to him about the forthcoming album and how the pandemic has shaped it, how his label is helping him give opportunities to artists, what he thinks about people's love for Afrinca now, as well as how his recently born son has changed the way he looks at racism, and more. Black Is King, which was "in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity," according to the press release, stars featured artists from The Lion King: The Gift and includes special guest appearances. You can't just call up someone and say, "Oh yeah, bring me this fence in and bring me this sound." One of the reasons why we don't announce everything at the beginning is that we want to read the crowd. This is what Afro Nation is doing. Burna Boy Announces 2020 'Twice As Tall' World Tour. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence. 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He got so into the speech, they had to play him off stage - congratulations! SMADE and I spent a lot of time in France this year, because a lot of French people are coming to our show and we didn't even push it for France that much. SMADE: My biggest hope is to connect and to use this platform to unify not only the Africans in the diaspora but also for other races as well to also experience and know the African culture. One thing that we're very fortunate in what we're doing right now is that there's just so much talent. So it was just crazy. They don't buy tickets. I'm a talent agent and he is a promoter. Now every American wants to go to Africa. Just being at home for so long, I made some changes. We want to always let people focus on what's next. All rights reserved. Davido says winning a Grammy award is by God's grace In a reply to him, another young man identified as Ifemosu dug up an old tweet of Davido's which proved clearly that he was indeed interested in winning a Grammy award. And I have to explain to him like, "Yo, if the police stop you..." It's crazy how we have to tell them that part. So I was trying to stay in Africa and do the music. Some of the content on this site expresses viewpoints and opinions that are not those of the Recording Academy. So I finally got my degree and then everything just went crazy from there. I had to make sure I had proper planning. It wasn't forced. ", More: Victoria Kimani Talks New Album, Repping Kenya, Dream Collabs With Lauryn Hill & Rihanna | Up Close & Personal. SMADE and I were saying, we need to go and do a trip to Angola and go and hang there, understand what's going on, so we can understand what the Portuguese side is at. SMADE: We're on our third edition now. /*-->*/. I've been blessed to be able to take care of myself, that I'm willing to be signing somebody that I know can be the next me or potentially be bigger than me. From Blue Note for jazz fans, to Mercury Records, which was Hugh Masekela's first US label and Uptown Records, the home of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige and many more. It wasn't really translating to the major festivals booking the acts. "Most of my sessions happen in a hotel room," Kel P says, revealing how many of the artists prefer to steer clear of a conventional studio. Nigerian superstar singers Burna Boy and WizKid, American rap kings Fabolous and Rick Ross, Jamaican reggae act Chronixx, Nigerian Afropop songstress Yemi Alade and Trinidadian soca hero Machel Montano are among the headliners for this month's event. Our people are everywhere in every part of the globe and the fans are everywhere. Alpha P, Vector, Nyovest and Tshego. Read: Beyonce Shares Epic Track List For 'The Lion King: The Gift:' JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Eazi, Shatta Wale & Many More. #saluteStill haven’t subscribed to BET on Youtube? I was very young. I had to learn a lot of the things when I was like, "Yo, why you look at me like that?" Well, every emperor has an empire. So you're going to see a lot of growth on this album," he said. We say, "Okay, let's add that.". Singer, Davido, has congratulated the Nigerian musicians nominated in the 62nd Grammy Awards holding tomorrow at the Staple Center, America. So I came out here to just finish up the features and shoot some videos and it is looking pretty dope. Does that growth have anything to do with the pandemic? I'll give you an example. The following is a list of Grammy Awards winners and nominees from Nigeria: . I don't think growing up my dad ever sat me down and was like, "Oh, this is going to happen." According to the Fem crooner who spoke during an interview, winning the prestigious Grammy award would be by God’s grace and not how well the artiste did their music. We just finished Afro Nation Ghana, and we had people from different races and different culture come down to Ghana. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Nasty C will be releasing his third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Power, in the States this summer via Def Jam Recordings. Following Burnaboy nomination for the 2020 Grammy award with other 10 Nigerian stars nominated, something doesn’t still feels right. I used to love 50 Cent, I used to have all the G-Unit clothes, I used to have the video game. 11. Afro Nation is all about celebrating & promoting our culture. I was there for about two years and then I didn't go back because I went back to Nigeria and I fell in love with African music. But we killing ourselves too. We are West African, so we're understanding things as we go along. [CDATA[>*/ December 29, 2020 December 29, 2020 Publisher. SMADE: For me, it's Fela [Kuti], any sound that comes from the legend Fela. ⁣#TogetherWeMove pic.twitter.com/JL5bxJfn47. The artist identified as Danladi drew a dollar bill of the father of three and also shared photos that showed the process of his creation on his page on Twitter. The new label will have offices in two major music hotspots in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria, but will recruit artists from across the continent. If you look at the highlife artists or the dancehall artists in Ghana, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, the way they present their performances and all the stuff that they do on stage just reminds me of Fela. That's what gives me more [motivation]. It was crazy, wasn't it? Fans of music stars, Davido and Burnaboy, across the world have expressed disappointment in the leading Nigerian entertainers for engaging in a physical combat at Twist Night Club in Accra, Ghana. I think that's why at our events, all the fans are very passionate. There needs to be more recognition of all types of genres. Less than 24 hours to the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, 30 Billion Gang Master, Davido has taken to twitter to congratulate Burnaboy Boy as the potential winner of his category. Looking back a bit, can you tell me a little more about what inspired you to start Afro Nation together? One of those records is Burna Boy's "Twice As Tall" which has now been nominated for a Grammy. Obi: I tell you, they are really amazing. We struck up a partnership and we started having real successes, selling big tickets in London. You were recently on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." It was really tough and we really put ourselves on the line because it's very expensive doing these events. Obi: I know for me, to be honest with you, I've got two real hopes. Of course. It's a very powerful statement. I go to school." When this happens, it's usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it's been deleted. Davido appeared as a special guest on the Grammy Museum Live Event at Instagram on August 31st. We'd see the tickets sales and be, "Russia?" It's not just in West Africa alone. We've done Portugal and it was a lot of the European diaspora. I'm looking forward to enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches in San Juan and having fun, as we always do. Everybody wants to know where they're from. This was after popular OAP, Toolz Oniru asked Twitter users to name the Nigerian acts who deserve the Grammy nominations. Sometimes, you have to just take your time and find new acts. It was a very unique festival. The reason I called the album A Good Time is because we just had a good time making it. It can be quite powerful. With this second album I had more  time and more creative space to create. Our crowd is very active on social media. Davido’s award list • Promising Youth Artist by Dynamix All Youth Awards was the first Davido award, On November 20, 2019, nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards were announced at 2:30 pm. The list is long. That's the beauty of Afro Nation. While adding a Grammy award to his archive of awards seems a long stretch, the 27 years singer might have his plate full. It's a safe place, it's super cool, but the entertainment industry, they've got lots of artists but there's no festival.