Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Femi Loses Out at the Grammy's

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Musician Fela Kuti

Nigeria's foremost Afro Beat singer and son to late king of Afro Beat, Femi, has again lost out in this year' s Grammy awards.

Femi who got nominated for the third time through his Africa for Africa song released under the Knitting Factory Records , lost out in the Best World Music Album category.

The Bang Bang Bang crooner, was defeated by Tinariwen, a band composed of Tuareg-Berber musicians from the Sahara Desert.

As if he knew he would not win the award, after nomination, Femi had refused to attend the event, claiming that he didn't want to be disappointed.

According to a statement made by his sister and dancer, Yeni confirmed that Femi's refusal to attend the award isn't out of disregard for the organizers, but out of fear of not winning.

Femi Kuti received his first Grammy nomination in 2003 under the Best World Music Album category, with his Fight To Win album. But he lost to Panamanian Ruben Blades. In 2010, he also got another nomination but U.S Banjo player , Bela Fleck carted away the award.

This year's normination, places him side by side with South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Malian band, Tinariwen. Again, he lost the award to the Tinariwen group.

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