In a significant move to embrace the diverse and vibrant music scene in Africa and across the world, the Grammy Recording Academy has announced the inclusion of three new categories including, “Best African Music Performance and Best Pop Dance Recording, Best Alternative Jazz Album” for the upcoming Grammy Awards in 2024.
The “Best African Music Performance” according to the Recording Academy will shine a spotlight on the rich musical traditions, regional melodic variations, harmonic compositions, and rhythmic styles that have influenced and shaped African music throughout history.
While the category emphasizes the Afrobeat, Afro-fusion, Afro-Pop, Afrobeats, Alte, Amapiano, Bongo Flava, Genge, Kizomba, Chimurenga, High Life, Fuji, Kwassa, Ndombolo, Mapouka, Ghanaian Drill, Afro House, South African Hip-Hop, and Ethio Jazz genres, it is not limited to these genres alone.
Our goal at the #RecordingAcademy is to recognize and honor the very best in music from across the globe.
Today, we’re proud to announce a new category for the 66th GRAMMY Awards – Best African Music Performance.
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) June 13, 2023
This inclusion is a significant step towards recognizing the immense talent and creative prowess of African artistes who have been making waves globally in recent years. Africa’s music industry has witnessed an explosion of talent and the introduction of contemporary genres like the Ghanaian Drill music by the Asaaka boys.
The Grammy Recording Academy’s decision to introduce the “Best African Music Performance” category is a testament to the increasing global popularity and influence of African music. It acknowledges the cultural significance and artistic excellence found in African musical expressions and provides a platform for these talented artists to receive the recognition they deserve on an international stage.
Music lovers and industry insiders have hailed this move as a step towards greater diversity and inclusivity within the Grammy Awards and recognition of the African culture. The addition of this category further broadens the scope of the awards, allowing a wider range of artists and genres to be acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to the music industry.
By: Jude Tackie