5 Nigeria-based artistes who deserve Grammy Nominations
It is no news that many of our home based artistes aspire to win the coveted Grammy awards, and leave their imprint on the global music stage. Yes, this aspiration has been greeted with some nominations for artistes like Femi Kuti, but not yet consummated with an actual win at the Grammy Awards.
Needless to say, our artistes have more than deserved to win at the Grammys and as much as none have brought home the award yet, it won’t be justice to recognise those that deserve a Grammy nomination at least.
Below are five musicians based in Nigeria who should be given a Grammy nomination on account of the quality of their music quality, international appeal, and prowess on stage.
Asa: More than just her ability to sing like an angel, Asa’s musical composition skills are second to none. The messages in her lyrics are inspiring and full of depth beyond the ordinary. Her albums Asa (2007), Beautiful Imperfection(2010),) and Bed Of Stone(2014), all bodies of work which speak to the soul, giving every listener an out of body experience of what it is like to have a genius mind like hers.
The singer did not let the craving for commercial music taint the genius in her but churned out the best works repeatedly and unapologetically. Who deserves a Grammy more than her?
Falz: Talented singer, songwriter, rapper and actor, Falz is the very definition of a triple threat. His multiple talents all have one thing in common; an intellectual hint that trickles into even his most comedic performances. Falz deserves a Grammy on account of his amazing abilities to create intelligent music which speaks to more than the base instincts most commercial artistes appeal to.
His 2015 album Stories that touch was a masterpiece which saw him in his elements, delivering good music, comedy and a wealth of Wisdom. His EP Chemistry with Simi is also a body of work which stands out from other Eps by Nigerians.
Timi Dakolo: Arguably one of the most powerful male voices in Nigeria Timi Dakolo is an extraordinary musician whose prowess stands at par with the likes of Michael Bolton. Though his solo album Beautiful Noise may mean he isn’t as prolific as most artistes, Timi Dakolo’s song Wish Me well, The Vow, There’s A Cry, among others, are the stuff of legend. Timi Dakolo’s songs speak to the depth of man’s soul and reflect the purity of human emotion. If that is not worthy of a Grammy Nomination, what is?
M.I: Like it or not, MI is a rapper who contributed significantly to the evolution of Nigerian rap. Transcending beyond the ego and vanity of modern day rap, MI’s works still speak to everyone’s inner man. MI might not have dropped a recent tune displaying his lyrical genius of flows but his past work still reverberates through the minds of avid listeners with wisdom, depth, honesty and poetry.
Birth name Jude Abaga, MI stands out as one of the finest rappers Nigeria ever produced. His old works still delivering on strange knowledge, and soundness of a genius mind, all product of one who has chosen to adapt and conquer the odds. MI may not have gotten a Grammy nomination for his works, but definitely deserved one.
Wizkid: The Starboy Wizkid is an artiste whose international renown is beyond unquestionable. His collaboration with artistes worldwide including Drake, Trey Songz, Tinnie Tempah and Tinashe, are true testaments to his hard work and determination to conquer the world music stage. More than just a nomination for composing One Dance with Drake, Wizkid definitely deserves a nomination for his songs which truth be told, subtly tells a tale beyond the magnified youthful exuberance of his lyrics.
So far, Wizkid has conquered stages around the world, building an international reputation like never been enjoyed by any other Nigerian artiste. If music politics be out aside, Wizkid should not only get a Grammy nomination for his work but an actual award to his name.
Other honourable mentions who equally deserve Grammy nominations on account of the international appeal of their music include Capital FEMI, Darey, Adekunle Gold, Wande Coal, Nneka, and Tiwa Savage.