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Audio/Film: Alekesam Is Sal Masekela?

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We've talked about veiled future RnB-er of "African descent" Alekesam a few times — mainly for his standout jam "It's Not You It's Here". The man behind the track chose to remain anonymous but a recent announcement of a documentary of the same name brings it all to light.

Alekesam, the upcoming film (trailer above), follows Sal Masekela, son of icon Hugh Masekela, as he deals with the "accompanying issues of abandonment and addiction" stemming from his father's decision to move back to South Africa from where he'd been exiled. Is Alekesam Sal Masekela immertion into the art that made his father an icon? It would explain the hidden nature of the project. Plus, Alekesam backwards spells out Masekela (something we embarrassingly didn't catch before). Watch the trailer above and the "It's Not You It's Here" below.

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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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