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Afrobeats dominate the 2024 GRAMMY nominations

Afrobeats dominate the 2024 GRAMMY nominations

NIGERIAN artists are taking the spotlight in the upcoming 2024 GRAMMYs, dominating the inaugural 'Best African Music Performance' category. The new category, announced in August, is one of three new category additions aimed at making the GRAMMY Awards process "more fair, transparent and accurate," according to Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. An uproar over unfair allocations of spots in past awards for African artists compelled the inclusion of this category. The new category has seen household names in the Afrobeats world dominate nominations for what is set to be a historical award. Asake, known for his charismatic stage presence,…
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Africa music revenues record over 30% growth

Africa music revenues record over 30% growth

BIRD STORY AGENCY THE viral nature of African tunes is not only creating a broader audience for African artists but also unleashing an unprecedented revenue boom. The fastest-growing market region in 2022 was Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report. Growth in the region, which recorded a 34.7% rise in music sales, was largely driven by a booming music market in South Africa, where sales were up by more than 30% year-on-year. This is according to a report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents over 8000 record company members worldwide, including all three major labels,…
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The world’s first Islamic art biennale shines a light on African artists

The world’s first Islamic art biennale shines a light on African artists

THE inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale is underway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Biennales are large and prestigious international art exhibitions held every two years.) This important new event for the Muslim world features numerous African artists. And the biennale’s artistic director is Sumayya Vally, a South African architecture professor and principal of Counterspace design studio. A rising star in the art and architecture worlds, Vally was intent on creating the biennale to connect with the diverse experiences of being Muslim through ritual, practices and philosophies. The Conversation Africa asked her five questions about the biennale. Author SUMAYYA VALLY, Honorary Professor of…
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