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Ringing in the New: 10 British Artists to Watch in 2013

New British music for 2013. Okayafrica's list of 10 up-and-coming British artists to watch including Laura Mvula, Lulu James, Kwes, Sampha, Cold Specks and A*M*E


So farewell, 2012! To ring in the new year we've pur together a list of acts to watch.  These artists hail from the UK which, despite what the London Olympic closing ceremony might have suggested, is awash with fresh music - merging electropop with k-pop and folk with Sunny Ade. The artists' origins and identities are as varied as their styles, but whether it was them, their parents, or their parents' parents who left Ghana/Somalia/Liberia/Uganda for the UK (think Musa Okwonga's Migrant Manifesto, or Taiye Selasi's Afropolitans) they are all innovating in exciting ways. And though they're not as established as Estelle, Josh Osho, Michael Kiwanuka, Emile Sande or Shingai Shoniwa, we predict big things for them in 2013.

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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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