Seun Kuti Misses Out On Grammy Award As Soweto Gospel Choir Wins

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Updated February 11, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 10: Seun Kuti and Yetunde George Ademuluyi attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images/AFP Jon Kopaloff / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP


Afrobeat maestro, Seun Kuti, failed to win in his first attempt at the Grammys, losing the award to Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa. 

Seun was nominated for the world music category.

The 36-year-old son of Afrobeat Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, lost to the South African choir which had previously won twice.

Soweto Gospel Choir’s winning album is titled ‘Freedom’, it is part of the group’s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations.

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It featured a selection of South African struggle songs including their version of Johnny Clegg’s ‘Asimbonanga’. This was released in the United States.

The award ceremony held on Sunday at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, U.S.

Seun also failed to perform at the prelude event before the main ceremony.

He, however, attended the gala with his partner, Yetunde George Ademuluyi.