BY KAZIE UKO
Nigeria’s afro-fusion sensation, Burna Boy, was second time lucky at the 63rd Grammys, carting home the Best Global Music Album award.
Ahead of the formal awards ceremony, the Recording Academy declared Burna winner of the award that featured Antibalas, an American Afrobeat band that is modelled after Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Africa 70 band; Brazilian-American singer Bebel Gilberto; British-Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar; and the Malian band Tinariwen in the Global Music Album category.
“Congrats Best Global Music Album winner – ‘TWICE AS TALL’ @burnaboy #GRAMMYs,” the Academy announced on its Twitter handle.
The ‘Gentle Giant’ Burna responded to his win thus: “This is a big win for my generation of Africans all over the world, and this should be a lesson to every African out there: No matter where you are, no matter what you plan to do, you can achieve it. No matter where you’re from because you are a king.”
The 2021 Grammy was Burna’s second nomination in that category. Last year, he lost to Beninese’s singer Angelique Kidjo.
This will be the first time a Nigerian is winning in this category.