And the winners is Soweto Gospel Choir, as Seun losses out – Independent Observers

And the winners is Soweto Gospel Choir, as Seun losses out

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Seun Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician, has lost out in race for a Grammy award, as the South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir was announced the winners of the best world music album category at the 61st Recording Academy award ceremony which took place on Sunday at Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California.

The musician,  who attended the event with his wife, however could not perform at Sunday’s showpiece, prelude event ahead of the main ceremony.

He explained on his Instagram handle, that his non-performance was due to the fact that he missed his flight and was unable to rehearse.

He went on to thank those, who stepped in for him, like the Soweto Gospel Choir and the Malian singer, Fatoumata Diawara.

“First and foremost I have to say I am sorry to all the fans that tuned in to see us perform yesterday but didn’t. I had the weirdest ticket mix up in history meaning I missed my flight and the rehearsals and we couldn’t go on. Big up to Soweto Gospel choir a group that has also inspired me. @fatoumata_diawara__ for holding down our show without me. ”

See his post:

First and foremost I have to say I am sorry to all the fans that tuned in to see us perform yesterday but didn’t. I had the weirdest ticket mix up in history meaning I missed my flight and the rehearsals and we couldn’t go on. Big up to Soweto Gospel choir a group that has also inspired me. @fatoumata_diawara__ for holding down our show without me. @lekanbalogun1 @mccoyclothings for making us look really nice on that red carpet @versatilebay for @chefyeide clothes. @egypt80band and our entire team we must keep banging the door till they let us in!! #getthesax f

 He was nominated in the best world music album category alongside Fatoumata Diawara, Bombino and Yiddish Glory, and the eventual winners, the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Seun Kuti, 36, was nominated alongside the Egypt 80 band for his ‘Black Times’ album.

In reaction, he had said: “I really hope we will also win. This album is my best work. Just like my shows, I make sure that my last album has to be my best album.”

The ‘Black Times’ album was released in March and it earned him his first ever entry on the Billboard music charts.

Femi Kuti, his older brother, has been nominated for the Grammys four times, but failed to win in 2003, 2010, 2012 and in 2014.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is the most successful African group in Grammy award history.

The 2019 victory is the third Grammy win for the South African group. cent 4;\lsdprio

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