Two Nigerian artists were recognised at the recent Grammy Awards, the music industry’s most prestigious event.
Afrobeats stars Burna Boy and Wizkid both won awards. Burna Boy, whose real name is Damini Ogulu, won the Best Global Music Album category with Twice asTall.
He said: “Africa is here! We are here! You hear me? This is something fantastic for all Africans of my generation, all over the world, and this should be a lesson for all Africans, whatever you are, wherever you are, you can achieve it.”
The Grammys nomination said the album was “a masterclass in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force. [He] continues to torch limitations, seamlessly blending styles and genres and fearlessly fuelling the fire heating the melting pot of pop, Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and more.”
His album features artists such as Stormzy, Youssou N'Dour, Naughty By Nature, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Burna Boy lost out in the same category to Angelique Kidjo in 2020.
The video which saw Wizkid win was described as “a feast for the fashionforward and a celebration of Black and Brown female beauty everywhere”.
Wizkid’s music video was for his song with Beyoncé, ‘Brown Skin Girl’, from the album Lion King: The Gift. Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy was also a winner for her part in the song.
Nigeria wins big at Grammy Awards
DRC fashion show sparkles in Goma Goma, the largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, celebrated the 7th edition of the Liputa Fashion Show last month.
David Gulu, designer and organiser, said the event was not just about stylish looks. “Fashion conveys a message of peace because someone who is well dressed is surely at peace. We know that the role of fashion is not to stop war, but fashion can make people live in joy and harmony,” he said.
The event brought together designers from the region – such as Eden Nkuba and Shukuru, as well as traditional performers, and stylists from Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Burundi and other African countries.
“It is also an event that indirectly supports women because it is always organised in the Month of the Woman and we try to highlight women because women have suffered many things. The Liputa Show highlights all that, so it doesn’t just bring together designers but also a message,” said Gulu.
As Eastern Congo is home to various rebel groups all vying for control of parts of the mineral-rich central African nation, DRC designer Gabrielle Bukoko believes the event shows there is much more to the region than the typical mediarelated conflict reports.
She said: “People think that Goma, for foreigners, is a red zone and North Kivu (province) is a red zone, [but] this event has allowed us today to show that we live and that we are here and that we can fight against the war in a certain way, and against the frustration and fear that the rebellions have caused in us. That’s why this event contributes in a certain way to the peace inside (the country) and the peace in North Kivu.”
Left: Nigerian singersongwriter Burna Boy Above right: Mourners at the national funeral for Tanzania's former President, John Magufuli, held at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam
6 new african april/may 2021