Why I didn’t perform at 2019 Grammys, Seun Kuti explains

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Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, on Monday, revealed why he didn’t perform at the 2019 Grammy Awards, which held on Sunday night.

On his Instagram handle, he shared a video of himself on the Grammys red carpet and said that he had a “ticket mix-up”, which meant, he missed his flight and was unable to rehearse, hence, his non-performance at the show as earlier announced.

He went on to thank those, who stepped in for him, like the Soweto Gospel Choir and the Malian singer, Fatoumata Diawara.

He said, “First and foremost I have to say I am sorry to all the fans that tuned in to see us perform yesterday but didn’t. I had the weirdest ticket mix up in history meaning I missed my flight and the rehearsals and we couldn’t go on. Big up to Soweto Gospel choir a group that has also inspired me. @fatoumata_diawara__ for holding down our show without me.

The 36-year-old earned his first-ever Grammy nomination for his 2018 released album, ‘Black Times’, and lost to South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir.

The choir grabbed their third Grammy Awards for the album ‘Freedom’, in a category that had the likes of Bombino from Niger, Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara and Soviet’s Yiddish Glory.

This is the fifth time a Kuti has been nominated for the Grammys. The older Femi Kuti has been nominated four times in 2003, 2010, 2012 and in 2014 for his album ‘No Place For My Dream’.

Seun has led his late father’s band ‘Eqypts 80′ since he was 14 years old. His 2008 debut album, ‘Many Things’, was produced by Martin Meissonnier, who had already produced two albums for his father.

In 2011, he released a studio album called ‘From Africa with Fury: Rise’. It was recorded in London, produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds and Seun himself.

Seun Kuti was featured in Calle 13’s song “Todo se mueve” (Everything Moves) on their 2010 album Entren los que quieran.

(NAN)

 

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