So it's good to see the transition from not being appreciated, to being appreciated right now. What about the music did you fall in love with? We're having so much fun with it. You were recently on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." You can't just call up someone and say, "Oh yeah, bring me this fence in and bring me this sound." In 2017, he began to make his own beats, and recalls how nervous he was the first time he played his work for "One In A Million" singer SolidStar. There's so much talent and we want to include everyone, and we want to include everyone for each destination, but it's a process even for us. Grammy award 2020 - Burna Boy and Wizkid beat Davido - YouTube To be honest with you, as we said before, it's ever-evolving. They used to put me in classes alone because my music blew up and people couldn't concentrate if I was in the class. In 2006, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. "Many of us in Africa grew up on music from legendary labels under the UMG umbrella. I was like, 'Yo, I think I want to do African music,'" he recently told from Los Angeles. We've done Portugal and it was a lot of the European diaspora. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Nasty C will be releasing his third studio album, Zulu Man With Some Power, in the States this summer via Def Jam Recordings. PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see News on your Facebook News Feed! He appeared on the show for the first time along with the legendary American rapper, Nas and popular America producer, Hitboy earlier. Some of his fans think he deserved a Grammy nomination, however, a social media user has labelled these fans as mad people. They knew how everything started. I'm like, "What you mean? Singer, Davido, has congratulated the Nigerian musicians nominated in the 62nd Grammy Awards holding tomorrow at the Staple Center, America. Davido Adeleke has been caught up amidst the controversial topic of which singer deserves the prestigious Grammy award nomination. I don't think growing up my dad ever sat me down and was like, "Oh, this is going to happen." Set to globally premier July 31 on Disney+, the visual album is based on the music from Queen Bey's The Lion King: The Gift, the soundtrack album she curated for the 2019 The Lion King remake; Black Is King will be released nearly two weeks after the film's one-year anniversary. Content on this site does not reflect an endorsement or recommendation of any artist or music by the Recording Academy. Most people don't even know what we saying, but they still listen to it. Everybody wants to know where they're from. They wouldn't give them what we perceived as the respect they deserved, and I know a lot of these guys, they're my friends. The new album we're working on now, the third album, is called A Better Time. I'm also looking forward to seeing people from different races and cultures coming together to celebrate African music and seeing the unity that Afro Nation brings to people. Vinne, one of the crew members of the Nigerian superstar, Davido, has revealed that rival of his boss, Wizkid did not get any Grammy 2021 nomination. Do you have any plans or ideas for future locations this year or next? [CDATA[/* >*/. Every king has a … Davido fans have been asking the one million dollar question, why has Davido never been nominated for a Grammy Award, why wasn’t he nominated for the 2020 Grammy, and again the 2021 Grammy? It's driven us to keep going. "It is a historic achievement that we’re now able to bring this iconic label to Africa, to create an authentic and trusted home for those who aspire to be the best in hip-hop, Afrobeats and trap. I can't wait to see how people are going to vibe there and what's going to happen. First of all, I think making album number two, the good thing about it is you learn a lot of mistakes from the albums you've previously dropped. Sometimes, you have to just take your time and find new acts. Davido’s absence in the list feels somehow. I think it's going to be super interesting and really cool. We didn't even think it was going to be this big. I think that's why at our events, all the fans are very passionate. But for me, I'm really looking forward to seeing America because we sold so many tickets to Americans interested in the brand, the music and culture, and the diaspora there. So being an African kid in a university where it's 13% Black people, it's amazing. What we try to do is research, look out for people that deserve to be on that stage, both from Africa and the diaspora and everywhere really. It was organic. [Afro Nation] is such a positive event and is very special to us. And, as a result, you’ll discover who has more awards between Davido and Wizkid. 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Weeks into the pandemic, we had George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter movement getting major attention. Obi: I tell you, they are really amazing. It's a constantly evolving process. ", Released last July, The Lion King: The Gift featured an epic artist roster comprising African and Afrobeats artists like Wizkid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and many others. I feel like it's the pride in their heritage and their culture and in their identity. All rights reserved. We're very proud of it. We wanted to put these two acts together because when we know when they get on the stage, it's just going to be crazy and make new fans. SMADE & Obi onstage at Afro Nation | Photo Courtesy of Afro Nation. We help each other. "And it worked out. You have your own label. I actually don't really like to record alone because I like to record and see people enjoy the music. We say, "Okay, let's add that.". These timeless lessons are revealed and reflected through Black voices of today, now sitting in their own power. It was a very unique festival. The deal with my parents was I had to graduate. But I have to do it for my son. SMADE: Also, we research and see the best acts to be on the stage. SMADE and I spent a lot of time in France this year, because a lot of French people are coming to our show and we didn't even push it for France that much. Black Is King, which was "in production for one year with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity," according to the press release, stars featured artists from The Lion King: The Gift and includes special guest appearances. Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see News on your Facebook News Feed! See a list of some awards Davido has won below. Janet Adeyemi. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence. We bring everybody together as one on our stages. There's a lot more female acts for Puerto Rico, and that is something that we have to check ourselves on a little bit to make sure. The way everybody just connected, I felt like it was part of it. Alpha P, Vector, Nyovest and Tshego. What is your biggest hope, for the next five or so years, in connecting the African diaspora through music and entertainment? It's crazy because like I said, I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, this was when I was 15, 16, so I've always understood like, yo, this is going to happen. So, we were like, "We've got to include more French acts next year.". We spoke to him about the forthcoming album and how the pandemic has shaped it, how his label is helping him give opportunities to artists, what he thinks about people's love for Afrinca now, as well as how his recently born son has changed the way he looks at racism, and more. Who do you look up to? The culture is being felt everywhere. These events are something that haven't been done before. This is coming after popular OAP, Toolz Oniru asked which Nigerian acts deserve the Grammy nominations On Twitter. The new label will have offices in two major music hotspots in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria, but will recruit artists from across the continent. Again he won the best international At in the 2018 Bet Awards, sadly regardless of all this amazing awards, the fire singer has never been nominated for a Grammy. Obi: When we kick off the lineup, SMADE and I always have a chat and go, "What do we think? [CDATA[/* >*/. That's amazing. So I started doing home classes. I remember when it aired all my family, my brothers, people I went to school with back in the days, hit me up like, "Yo, that's crazy." When this happens, it's usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it's been deleted. Burna Boy Announces 2020 'Twice As Tall' World Tour. Together, we will build a new community of artists, that will push the boundaries of hip-hop from Africa, to reach new audiences globally. At the 2020 GRAMMYs, the album received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, while album track "Spirit," performed by Beyoncé, received nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. This was after popular OAP, Toolz Oniru asked Twitter users to name the Nigerian acts […] ... which earned a nomination for Best World Album for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards for 2019. The reason I called the album A Good Time is because we just had a good time making it. and it's always the same names. This is what we're doing. You just can't be lazy with it. From Afro Nation Portugal there are people trying to connect with the [Portuguese] culture, people going back home to check their DNA and all that stuff. Read: Beyonce Shares Epic Track List For 'The Lion King: The Gift:' JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Eazi, Shatta Wale & Many More. How did you choose who to work with? That helps the whole machine of it. We've literally got people coming from every part of America. As Afrobeats continues to grab the world's attention, he's risen to be featured on the May 2020 cover of Billboard magazine and, according to Rolling Stone, his single "Fall" off his 2019 album A Good Time holds the record for the longest Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. I was there for about two years and then I didn't go back because I went back to Nigeria and I fell in love with African music. He was selling tickets for Afrobeats where all the big promoters weren't able to do it. The visual album "reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today's young kings and queens in search of their own crowns" and offers "a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience," according to a press release from Disney announcing the project. Nigerian musician, David Adeleke who is known as Davido has once again popped up in a Twitter thread. Some of the content on this site expresses viewpoints and opinions that are not those of the Recording Academy. [CDATA[/* >