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Blitz The Ambassador Shares His Thoughts On 'Africanism' And Performs Live On KEXP

Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz The Ambassador delivers a lively 25-minute performance at Seattle's KEXP radio station.


Ghanaian-American MC Blitz The Ambassador recently stopped by Seattle's KEXP radio station, where he delivered an electrifying 25-minute set backed by a 10-man band. Blitz performed high-spirited renditions of his songs "Wahala," "Africa is the Future" (which he changed to "Africa is Now" during the performance), "Success" and "Best I Can." After each booming track, the rapper answered questions about his transition from visual artist to musician, his experience charting his own path in the industry, and shared his thoughts on "Africanism" and the growing influence of African musicians. Watch Blitz The Ambassador's full performance and interview below and revisit his magical NYC subway video for "Shine," off the upcoming DIASPORADICAL LP.

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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

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

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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