Based on widespread musician and recording artiste, Akintunde Brown, says Nigerian musicians can’t win Grammy Award as a result of “we sing in our native dialect and the sounds are poor.”
Mr. Brown disclosed this whereas talking with the Information Company of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.
“We’ve sounds from completely different elements of Africa, the combination will make it a world class sound however we’re not complying with that,” he mentioned.
Brown mentioned Nigeria’s hip hop and different style don’t conform to world music requirements.
“We additionally don’t use the appropriate nomenclatures which encompass dynamic and partly subjective set of songs, which will be recognized by having been carried out or recorded by number of musical acts, typically with completely different preparations.
“On the Grammy’s, you might have a finest R&B album class, however somebody who calls his music Afro-Soul, or Fuji Blues and another names in Nigeria can’t win in that class,’’ he mentioned.
He mentioned Sikiru Adepoju who, in 2009, received the “Finest World Up to date World Music Album,’’ received as a result of he was a part of Mickey Harts group, Planet Drum US-1991.
“Ayodeji Balogun, popularly generally known as Wizkid, bought a nomination for his contribution to 1 dance by Drake within the Album of the 12 months class. That tune has been streamed over a billion instances, and that’s what knowledge brings to the desk.
“They create class once they really feel like honouring an artiste and their folks should be concerned,’’ he mentioned.
Brown famous that the style of music that artistes create in Nigeria can’t mix with what obtains within the worldwide music.
“David Adeleke, aka, Davido; and Olamide Adedeji and their likes don’t even stand a single likelihood to win something as a result of the beats and sounds are nothing to that of, let’s say Drake or Jay Z.
“Kellerman is a Grammy Award-winning South African flutist, producer and composer who has received seven South African Music Awards, SAMA.
“His Love Language (2015) obtained a Grammy nomination for Finest Up to date Instrumental Album and received a SAMA for Finest Instrumental and/or Classical Album. It debuted at #1 on the World Music Billboard charts in July 2015,” he mentioned.
Brown added: “The album additionally featured at #1 on the ZMR Prime 100 Worldwide Radio Airplay Chart in August 2015, and spent 11 weeks on the CMJ New World Prime 40 Chart, peaking at no 12.
“He used his classical coaching as a basis and centered his consideration on World Roots music, exploring the flexibility of the instrument and fusing classical and up to date sounds.
“He obtained a Grammy Award on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for his 2014 album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej.
“Winds of Samsara reached #1 on the US New Age Album Billboard Charts and in addition peaked at #1 on the Zone Music Reporter Prime 100 Radio Airplay Chart within the month of July 2014.’’
The musician mentioned that the financial worth of many musicians overseas didn’t equal that of Nigerian musicians, citing examples of Bruno Mars’ common nightly gross which swelled from $130,000 to $202,000.
“Esperanza Spalding went from $20,000 to $32,000; and Taylor Swift jumped from $125,000 to $600,000.
“All of them pay tax within the US, the house of Academy. Their economic system doesn’t have something to achieve if an African wins,’’ he mentioned.
He famous that lack of knowledge and lack of fine music had been the issue in Nigeria; asking, “Moreover Fela, who else has commanded the form of respect he had?”
He mentioned that Asa may have if she was extra intentional together with her sound; noting that the feminine musician dangers authenticity together with her core followers and that’s the French and Europeans.
“They benefit from the flavour in her sound with out having them depart their consolation zone, which is classical music,’’ he mentioned.
He claimed that even at house, some awards like Headies, Soundcity and MtV Base, the primary problem comes from the ever-changing nature of genres right here.
“You possibly can think about Olamide getting offended as a result of Nasty C received Finest Rap Tune of the 12 months. They must be regular in what they do,’’ he mentioned.
He mentioned that organizers don’t have that point.
“I do know we’ll get there, our trade remains to be in its infancy, however we have now to infuse our personal sounds in Nigeria with different African nations.
“We have to have that distinct sound, compose them nicely, infuse them nicely to make which means that can stand us out.
“However than ere should be an enchancment on our music construction, established style and never restricted to time signature as acknowledged above, and majorly label backing,’’ he mentioned.
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