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Nigerian stars, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, son Made, lose out on Grammy 2022

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The hopes of Nigerian stars, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, Afrobeats King, Femi Kuti and son, Made Kuti, to bring home an award at the 64th edition of the Grammy held on Sunday at the MGM Arena, Las Vegas, were dashed as they all lost out in the categories they were nominated for.

Wizkid, Femi Kuti, and Made all lost out in two categories, Best Global Music Performance and Best Global Music Album to Pakistani vocalist, Arooj Aftab for her single ‘Mohabbat’ in the Best Global Music Performance, and Angelique Kidjo who won the Best Global Music Album.

Wizkid was the real Star Boy in 2021 when he got his first Grammy award for a feature on Beyonce’s song, ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ but became the biggest loser in the 2022 edition as he lost out in the two categories where he was nominated for awards.

Five time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo

He lost the Best Global Music Album, with his “Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition)” album, to Benin Republic’s five-time Grammy winner, Angelique Kidjo, for her album “Mother Nature.”

Ms Kidjo did not only beat Wizkid to claim the award, she also trounced Femi Kuti and his son, Made, with their album “Legacy +”, not good enough to win in that category.

Apart from Kidjo, another African star who made the continent proud at the Grammy was South African veteran DJ and producer Black Coffee, who won Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, beating out the likes of Major Lazer and Marshmello for the award.

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Egypt discovers Greco-Roman funeral building dating back centuries

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The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced the discovery of a massive Greco-Roman massive funeral building in Fayoum Province, south of the capital Cairo, dating back several centuries.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry said the discovery was made in an Egyptian archaeological mission at the site of Garza Cemetery in Fayoum which started in 2016.

“Several portraits, a statute of Isis-Aphrodite, a combination of the Egyptian Goddess Isis and the Greek Aphrodite, a wooden coffin, human-shaped coffins and papyrus-made records that refer to the social, economic, and religious conditions of the inhabitants of that period, were found inside the building,” the Ministry said.

“The funeral building‘s floor is made of colorful and decorated limestone tiles leading to a narrow street, with remains of four columns found inside the funeral house,” the statement added.

According to history, Garza village which was known as Philadelphia in the Greek era, was established in the third century BC as a central area for a desert reclamation project by King Ptolemy II Philadelphus, also known posthumously as Ptolemy the Great, for securing food resources, according to the statement.

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Africa mourns as legendary Gambian musician, Oussou Njie Senior, dies

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The entertainment industry in Africa has been thrown into mourning following the death of Gambia’s legendary musician, composer and producer, Oussou Njie Senior, who passed away on Tuesday night.

Gambia’s authoritative media platform, The Point Newspaper reported on Friday that Njie who made music for over 50 years, died after a brief illness.

“He was the founder of Super Eagles, one of the most successful Gambian music groups of all time,” the paper wrote in a tribute to the late Njie.

“The group inspired a generation of musicians from the Senegambia region including Youssou Ndour.

“Oussou Njie Senior wrote many songs including hits like ‘Mandally’ ‘Gambia Sunu Rew’, ‘Viva Super Eagles’ and ‘Haleli Africa’.

“He was certainly a renowned music star and trailblazer during his hey days. Ismail Oussou Njie Senio, was one legend that many Gambians, especially upcoming artistes looked up to in their respective careers.

“An ex-member of the Super Eagles band, Oussou Njie Senior as he was fondly called, was upbeat about Gambian music. He thus called on them to work for the betterment of the country’s music industry,” the newspaper said.

A top Gambian entertainment writer, Oko Drammeh, in a tribute to the late Oussou Njie, described him as “a learned man and music teacher.”

“Ousou Njie was a God gift to Gambia and he was true to The Gambia. He released the most popular songs from the Gambia including “Bada Touray”, “Dawda Serge”, “Mandal Ly”, “Gambia Sunu Rew”, “Gambia Zambia”, “Fiesta Vous”, “Haleli Africa”, “Viva Super Eagles” and many, many more.

“We would never forget you, Oussou Njie; your good heart, your wisdom, your kindness, your fun and laughter, your kind gifts and charity, your love,” Drammeh wrote.

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