Seun Kuti, Afrobeat singer and son of the late legend, Fela, a pioneer of the musical genre, has been nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards.
Nominees for the award, which is widely acclaimed as music’s most prestigious prize, were announced on Friday morning.
Kuti who had reportedly submitted his recent album ‘Black Times’ for consideration by the awards panel in October, was nominated with his band, Egypt 80, in the Best World Music Album category alongside Bombino (Niger Republic), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), the Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa) and Yiddish Glory (Canada).
According to the Grammys, the category is “for albums containing at least 51 per cent playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.”
Seun’s older brother, Femi, is a four-time Grammy nominee, having been recognised in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Other previously nominated Nigerians are juju legend, King Sunny Adé, and late traditional drummer, Babatunde Olatunji.
The award, presented by The Recording Academy, is scheduled to hold on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, United States.