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9 African musicians who have won the Grammy Awards

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The Grammy Award is the most prestigious award in world music. It is awarded to the best singers in the world in different categories and over the years, some Africans have been awarded the prize for their contributions to music.

Here are the nine Africans who have won the Grammy Awards.

1. Ali Farka Touré – 3 Grammys

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The self-taught Malian guitarist and songwriter won his first Grammy in 1995 in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his album ‘Talking Timbuktu’.
His second Grammy came in 2006 in the ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ for his album ‘In the Heart of the Moon’  
The late musician cumulated his Grammy wins in 2011 with an award in the ‘Best Traditional World Music Album ‘for his album ‘Ali and Toumani’

2. Owuor Arunga – 3 Grammys

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This Coke Studio artiste rose to fame in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ for his trumpeting skills which were utilised in many parts of the group’s 2014 album ‘The Heist’.
‘Thrift Shop’ carried a Grammy for ‘Best Rap Song’ and ‘Best Rap Performance’ while ‘The Heist’ carried the day for ‘Best Rap Album’.

3.  Angélique Kidjo – 3 Grammys

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Known for her versatile music, the Beninese vocal-powerhouse is fluent in Fon, French, Yorùbá and English languages which she utilises in her songs. But despite being fluent in 4 languages, she does not stop there as she provides something for her East African fans with ‘Malaika’ which is sung in Kiswahili.
The New-York based singer has won a Grammy for ‘Best Contemporary World Album’ thanks to ’Djin Djin’, an award for ‘Best World Music Album’ in 2015 for ‘Eve’ and in 2016, ‘Best World Music Album’ for ‘Sings.’
Also Read:Here are all the winners of the 2017 Grammy Awards

4. Ladysmith Black Mambazo- 5 Grammys

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The all-male South African acappella singing group won their first Grammy in 1988 in the ‘Best Traditional Folk Recording’ category for Shaka Zulu.
Their second Grammy came 16 years later in 2004 for the ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ category, a win that was earned by their ‘Raise Your Spirit Higher’ album.
In 2009 their album ‘Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu’ won them a Grammy Award and in 2013 they gained another Grammy in ‘Best World Music Album’ category for ‘Live: Singing for Peace around the World.’ In 2017, they also won another Grammy Award

5. Soweto Gospel Choir – 3 Grammys

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The South African music group has been described by the American entertainment media brand Billboard as “absolutely thrilling singers” with “dazzling music”
Known for their spirit-rousing voices, their albums ‘Blessed’ and ‘African Spirit’ won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Traditional World’ Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
2 years later, their collaboration with composer Christopher Tin’s for a song called “Baba Yetu”, won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

6. Tinariwen – 1 Grammy

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The Toureg people live in the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali and their male members are known as the ‘blue men of the Sahara’. A name that was derived from the blue hue left on their faces after their indigo-dyed cotton head wraps called tagelmust rub against their faces.
From this tribe of ‘blue men of the Sahara’ comes a music group called Tinariwen.
Formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset in Algeria, the group won their first Grammy in 2012 in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for their album Tassili.

 7. Youssou Ndour – 1 Grammy

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The Senegalese superstar served as a ‘Minister of Tourism’ for the West Africa Country from April 2012 to September 2013.
His first Grammy had come 7 years before his monumental appointment when he bagged the best contemporary world music album for his album ‘Egypt’ in 2005.

8. Wouter Kellerman – 1 Grammy

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The South African flautist received a Grammy Award at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for the album ‘Winds of Samsara’.
An award he won alongside Indo-American composer and music producer Ricky Kej for their work on ‘Winds of Samsara ‘.

9. Kevin Olusola – 1 Grammy

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Kevin Olusola is known as the beat boxer of the Acapella band Pentatonix who rose to fame through their awesome renditions of classic and spanking new hits.
The Yale alumnus made Nigerians swell with pride when he won an award with his wildly-popular band, Pentatonix, in the ‘Arrangement, Instrumental or Acappella’ category for their assortment of Daft Punk’s most notable songs including ‘Stronger’ with Kanye West and ‘Get Lucky’ with Pharell.

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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