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African Music at Austin's SXSW


South by Southwest is nearly upon us. We know how tough it can be to navigate through the plethora of shows raining down on Austin this coming week, so we've narrowed down a list of acts you might be interested in catching. Below, see our choice diaspora performers plus a few audio cuts to entice if you're not familiar.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 14

- Michael Kiwanuka at Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center

Home Again by MichaelKiwanuka

THURSDAY MARCH 15

- Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Just A Band, Baloji, Sauti Sol, Spoek Mathambo and Chief Boima as part of Society HAE/Spintel showcase at Copa

"The Good Leaf" (Spoek Mathambo Remix) by Seun Kuti

- Buraka Som Sistema as part of Tormenta Tropical vs. Mixpak vs. Body High showcase at Beso Cantina [catch LargeUp favorite/Vybz Kartel producer Dre Skull earlier at the same showcase]

(We Stay) Up All Night feat. Blaya & Roses Gabor by burakasomsistema

FRIDAY MARCH 16

- 2Face Idibia, M.I. Abaga, Naeto C, Bez, Jim E-O, N-Dez as part of Society HAE/Spintel showcase at Beso Cantina

- Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang as part of GlobalFEST showcase at Speakeasy

Eh Mane Ah by Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang

Zuzuka Poderosa at Speakeasy Kabaret

Zuzuka Poderosa-Carioca Bass Mixtape by Kush Arora by Zuzuka Poderosa

-Michael Kiwanuka at St. David's Historic Sanctuary

- Native Sun at tenOak

- Jonti, Just A Band, Quantic & Alice Russell as part of Wax Poetics showcase at Barbarella Patio.

Nagoya by Jonti & Hodgy Beats

SATURDAY MARCH 17

- Nneka and Hindi Zahra at The Stage on Sixth

My Home by Nneka

- Michael Kiwanuka at Stubb's

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

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The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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