Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, has been nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards.
Born Oluseun Kuti, the 34-year old who is one of the sons of Afrobeat originator, Fela Kuti, shared the news on his Instagram page on Saturday.
He revealed that his album, Black Times, has been nominated in the Best World Music Award Category. Seun is the youngest male child from Fela and his equally late dancer, Fehintola.
Seun’s older brother, Femi Kuti has also been nominated for four times for the Grammy awards in the World Music category in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Black Times released by Struts, has been adjudged the most accomplished and honest album yet from Seun who shot into music since 1997 at the age of 14.
“Black Times, he said ‘is a true reflection of my political and social beliefs,
“It is an album for anybody who believes in change and understands the duty we have to rise up and come together. The elites always try to divide the working class and the poor people of the world.
The same oppression felt by workers in Flint, Michigan is felt by workers in Lagos and Johannesburg.”Backed by the experienced Egypt’80 Band he inherited from his late father,Fela, Seun delivered Black Times in raw, undilluted Afrobeat, taking critical shots at the African political elites and spurring the poor, incapacitated masses to take up the challenge and dismantle the forces of oppression.
In the title track, Black Times delivered in 9:30 minutes of extended play, he featured guitar wizard, legendary Carlos Santana. The album also have the signature of American pianist and multiple Grammy winner, Robert Glasper.
Black Times delivered in fiery tones talks to power in Africa, Europe and America with more than vested interest and aim to exploit the people.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements in Musicwill be held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA.