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Why are there 7 nominees from just 2 countries in the Grammys ‘global’ categories? : Goat and Soda : NPR

Nominees for this year’s Grammys in two “Global Music” categories include (from left): Burna Boy and Wizkid (both from Nigeria), Benin superstars Angelique Kidjo, Hawaii’s Daniel Ho and Femi Kuti (she’s also Nigerian). ).

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Nominees for this year’s Grammys in two “Global Music” categories include (from left): Burna Boy and Wizkid (both from Nigeria), Benin superstars Angelique Kidjo, Hawaii’s Daniel Ho and Femi Kuti (she’s also Nigerian). ).

Kevin Winters, Tristan Feuvings, Ilya S. Sevenok, Jason Merritt and Christy Sparrow / Getty Images

In theory, international music producers should be thrilled about the Grammys being awarded this Sunday.

Instead of one category for global music, there are two, doubling the number of nominations from 5 to 10.

(The new category is called “Best Global Music Performance”. The Grammy Rules state that it “Reserved for international artists showcasing non-European, indigenous traditions,

But if you have 64 . See the list of candidates forth Annual awards ceremony, it’s not so diverse.

Seven of the nominees are from two countries: Nigeria and Benin.

There are no newcomer countries – places that have never been named a local artist.

What’s more, the number of cast members is limited: four out of five artists nominated Brand new global performance category Also nominated in the Global Albums category.

Linguistic diversity is also not much.

I would argue that Grammys inadvertently perpetuates the legacy of colonialism by focusing on countries that were former British colonies and inherited English as an official language, such as India, Nigeria and South Africa. In fact, all five of this year’s nominations in the Global Music Albums category feature predominantly English-language songs.

It’s a category I care about a lot – and it often has a personal stake. I have had the honor of recording 38 records by artists from Africa, Asia, Europe and South and North America – often in places that can only be reached by boat or on foot. Two of these artists have been nominated for a Grammy – Tinariven (who won for the album) Tassilli in 2012) and the Zomba Prison project in 2016, representing Malawi’s first (and only) case of artists receiving nominations.

Global artists can win in non-global categories. Remember ‘Who let the dogs go?’

It is now true that the so-called “global” categories are not the only places an international musician can vie for an award.

There are currently 86 Grammy categories, awarded by the Recording Academy, a group founded in the US.

Not only can Spanish-language artists compete in global categories but there are six categories for their music – plus an entire Grammy program of its own, with the Latin Grammys.

Some international composers are nominated in categories such as classical, “small ensemble” and film score. And occasionally, an international artist captures a mainstream award – for example, in 1965, the bilingual bossa nova and jazz song “The Girl from Ipanema”, performed by Brazil’s Astrud Gilberto and saxophonist Stan Getz Which was made the record of the year. ,

and “Who Let the Dogs Out”—from Bahamian group Baha Main—won for best dance record in 2001.

South Korea’s hugely popular K-pop boy band BTS has been nominated twice in the pop music categories, although they are yet to be a winner.

Records show how narrow the list of nominees is

But as a rule, the best chance for an international artist to land a Grammy is in a global category.

A nomination or victory in either of the two global categories can have a tremendous impact. Isabel Soffer, Co-Founder and Co-Director globalfest– An annual international music festival in the US that features international artists says: “The Grammys are a special way to educate, celebrate diversity and promote music discovery in a truly meaningful way through this extraordinary category.” It can be a powerful platform.

“People who can hear new music through Grammy nominations are deceived by new sounds from around the world, artists are deceived by new audiences and opportunities to make money and the world suffers because music , as we all know, the best way is to understand the world, to rethink differences, and to create joy.”

Yet the global category has been around for decades – the first year such an award was given was 1992. The list of countries that have received winners or even just one nomination is very short.

Here are some statistics:

,Of the 197 nominations in the history of global categories, more than two-thirds are shared by just six countries: Brazil, India, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa – and the United States. The cast is actually nominated from the US And Won more times in the global category than any other nation. (Although this is an “international” category, performers from the US have never been excluded from eligibility; this year, for example, Hawaii-born Daniel Ho is a nominee and in previous years Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Like American rock stars won.)

*In all, artists have received nominations in only 14 of the 56 African countries: Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Uganda, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.

*Countries that have never been on the global music nomination list include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Myanmar, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Vietnam and Yemen.

Some of the omissions are particularly perplexing. The sound-innovative, cello-driven Ukrainian group Dakhabrakha has released seven critically acclaimed albums since 2005 and has garnered nearly 3 million views for its videos. NPR’s Small Desk Concert, Yet he never registered on the Grammy radar.

“World music, such as rock, jazz or classical music, is a vast category, yet there are frequent omissions of many outstanding artists,” notes Isabel Soffer. globalfest,

So why aren’t the winners in the global category more… globally diverse?

I know hundreds of artists in the global arena eager to be nominated – for the same reasons any musician would be interested in a Grammy nod. The Grammy Awards are the most prestigious music awards. Recognition can bring tremendous exposure to airplay, concert dates – and of course the financial boon that can come with a prize.

Around 400 candidates this year Considerations were made for two global categories, usually represented by record labels, promotions, or the artists themselves. They come from such culturally diverse and far-flung places as: China, Comoros, Finland, Tunisia And VenezuelaAll nations that have never nominated a single artist in the global category.

Submissions are reviewed by a small, confidential “Screening Committee”. The fate of the cast is then determined by the official Grammy voters—a group mostly made up of producers, engineers, and artists.

And if you look at the stats mentioned above, you can see that familiar faces and countries are favourites.

I asked Grammys for comment on these figures and the current nominees, but they did not respond to my request in time to post this article.

Jimi Hendrix has never won a Grammy in his lifetime!

Of course, the Grammys themselves are far from the true measure of best music in all categories. There have been allegations in the past that there are deep flaws in this process.

one thing is that all “12,000 strong” voting members They are eligible to vote in the three categories of their choice if they feel they specialize in that type of music – but the Recording Academy does not investigate their claims that they are familiar with classical or jazz or “global” sounds. Huh. Voters choose the three style zones of their own accord.

And as with any award, voters can choose not only based on the artistry of the nominee. Some industry insiders allege that voters working for a label often vote as a block. For that label’s nominees: giving potential benefits to a global performer like WizKid. The Nigerian musician, who was nominated twice in the global categories this year, is at The world’s second largest label group, Sony Music (RCA),

And it’s important to note that as with all Grammy Awards, musical merit isn’t the only determinant of winning an award. A parlor game is easily made up of naming artists who haven’t been nominated for a Grammy in their lifetime—icons like Jimi Hendrix, Fela Kuti, Patsy Kline, Bob Marley, NWA, Cecil Taylor, and the Ramones.

Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy Vision

Angelique Kidjo is arguably the world’s most recognized artist on a global scale, having been nominated 3 times this year and winning 4 Grammys.

She has personally seen how the Grammys have grown in importance in the global arena.

“The Grammys have gotten really big in Africa,” she told me.

“When I first won the Grammy [2008], there was not much information about the prize in Africa. Even my father said on his deathbed, ‘What is a Grammy?’ And I had to explain to him. And then he looked at me and said, ‘You’ve finally got a country that recognizes talent.’

Kidjo says, “We need to be really careful to represent the importance and diversity of international music.

“For things to really change, we have to not only represent all these venues, but also perform on TV from time to time. [awards] Show people global musicians to see.

“That’s how businesses are built.”

And there is no doubt that international musicians, like all musicians trying to earn a living in their chosen field, can benefit from exposure. Some of the rural musicians I’ve worked with have told me about their difficult lives: the lack of clean water, electricity, reliable transportation and good roads; Losing family members to minor illnesses such as infected cuts due to conflicts in locating access to health care; Difficulty securing schooling for their children.

Untimely passing of this year of Northern Ghanaian musician Small, who was famous for his stellar performances at local funerals and was on the verge of his first international trip, is one of many such stories. His family did not have enough money to pay for his funeral.

But of course these are just a few of the many “global” artists who make great music despite the difficulties they face. To me, this particularly illustrates the Grammy’s negligence. Sternly dealt with making room for underprivileged musicians, In a special way The most physically isolated – artists from remote rural areas, literally marginalised.

And Angelique Kidjo makes it clear that this is a category that should have a mission: “We have to educate people to understand that it’s not just commercial music that is ‘music’. We have music in the global category.” Which is the root of all commercial music that people are listening to. It’s important to go back and find out where the commercial music you’re listening to comes from.

“We need to bring the topic of global music to the forefront of the Grammys. We need to keep discussing how to improve and get better. The whole world is watching.”

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer (Zomba Prison Project.), Tinariven, nice people [Rwanda], Tanzania Albinism CollectiveHe is the author of seven books. his latest, Muse-$ick: A Music Manifesto in Forty Nine NotesPosted by Oakland last fall,S PM Press.

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