Photo by Frennie Shivambu/ Getty Images

Anatii during the DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards (DStvMVCA) event at the Sandton Convention Centre on August 26, 2017 in Sandton, South Africa.

Did South Africa's Anatii Win a Grammy For 'Brown Skin Girl'?

South African hip-hop artist and producer Anatii is getting accolades for his songwriting on "Brown Skin Girl." The song won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

Many online are celebrating that South African musician, Anatii, has reportedly received his first Grammy award win for his contribution to Beyonce's hit single "Brown Skin Girl" featuring Wizkid. This comes after the video for "Brown Skin Girl" was announced as the winner of the "Best Music Video" award at the 63rd Grammy awards. South African have been sharing celebratory messages to Anatii all over social media.

Read: Listen to an Hour-Long Mix of Songs Produced by Anatii

Anatii was part of the creative team that worked on writing "Brown Skin Girl" from Beyonce's album Lion King: The Gift. According to TimesLIVE, Anatii was elated to be part of the team that exhibited "pure energy" and were open to cultural shift. Beyonce's songs and videography have since caused a huge wave of success with the album which celebrates Blackness in all its forms. The Black Is King album saw a few of South Africans featured; house music artist Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly featured on the heavy bass track "My Power" while Nandi Madida played the famous character of Nala from the movie The Lion King.

The prestigious Grammy award took place this past Sunday night. Nigerian artist, Burna Boy, walked away with the coveted award "Best Global Music Album" for Twice As Tall.

Anatii has yet to publicly share his response on the Grammy win but South Africans have gone ahead and celebrated on his behalf. Here are few responses from Twitter. It's unsure whether he will get a Grammy award, since he worked on songwriting for "Brown Skin and this is an award for Best Music Video.

If we're go to by the official Grammy Awards page, it looks like Anatii's name is not listed under the winners for Best Music Video.

Best Music Video category on Grammy.com with Anatii (Anathi Bhongo Mnyango) name not listed.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


The 7 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Olamide, Lady Donli, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold, Falz and more.