‘Why Olamide, Davido Can’t Win Grammy Award’

Musician and recording artiste, Akintunde Brown, has said that Nigerian musicians cannot win Grammy award because “we sing in our local dialect and the sounds are poor.”

Brown who spoke with newsmen said, “We have sounds from different parts of Africa, the mixture will make it a world-class sound but we are not complying with that,” adding that Nigeria’s hip hop and other genres do not conform to world music standards.

According to him, “We also do not use the right nomenclatures which consist of a dynamic and partly subjective set of songs, which can be identified by having been performed or recorded by variety of musical acts, often with different arrangements.

“At the Grammys, you have a best R&B album category, but someone who calls his music Afro-Soul, or fuji Blues and some other names in Nigeria, cannot win in that category.”

He noted that, Sikiru Adepoju who in 2009 won the “Best World Contemporary World Music Album” achieved the feat because he was part of Mickey Harts group Planet Drum US-1991.

“Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as ‘Wizkid’, got a nomination for his contribution in one dance by drake in the album of the year category.

“That song has been streamed over a billion times, that is what data, brings to the table.

“They create a category when they feel like honouring an artiste and their people must be involved,” he said.

Brown noted that the genre of music we create in Nigeria cannot blend with what obtains in international music.

“David Adeleke aka Davido and Olamide Adedeji, and their likes do not even stand a single chance to win anything because the beats and sounds are nothing to that of drake or Jay Z,” he said.



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