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Angélique Kidjo and Black Coffee bring Africa 2 new Grammys

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo and South African DG Black coffee each won a trophy at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Africa was represented at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday. The 64th Annual Grammy Awards took place in the sports center. Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tems, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti, Angélique Kidjo, Rocky Dawuni and Black Coffee were African artists nominated in some of the 86 categories of the American recording academy.

“Mother Nature”, Angélique Kidjo’s 16th album won best global music album. It is the fourth time the singer singer distinguishes herself in this category and the fifth time she wins a Grammy. 

The 61-year-old singer beat Nigerians Wizkid, Femi Kuti and Ghanaian Rocky Dawuni for the award. This was her fifth Grammy win.

Kidjo spoke on the importance of representation at events like the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ awards. “For diversity to really exist not only in word, talk is cheap, actions expensive. Let’s put the action where we say they going to be and open the door for all,” she said.

The other African star of the night was DJ Black Coffee. Nathi Maphumulo, his real name, won his very first Grammy. He took home the best dance/electronic album with “Subconsciously”. It was his first ever Grammy award.

He accepted the award alongside his eldest son, Esona.

“I want to thank God for the gift of music and being able to share it with the world and heal souls and help people go through whatever they’re going through in life,” he said.

He paid homage to his friend Virgil Abloh, wearing a pair of the late designer’s sneakers.


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