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DACA Artists Won 3 Grammy Awards For 'American Dreamers' Album

Many 'Dreamers,' including Nigeria's Mannywellz, performed on the John Daversa Big Band album.

Out of the many headlines coming out of the Grammys, you might have missed this one.

Several artists and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) won three Grammys last Sunday for their contribution to trumpeter John Daversa's album, American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom.

The album—which won Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Improvised Jazz Solo Performance ("Don't Fence Me In") and Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella ("Stars & Stripes Forever")—features contributions from many 'Dreamers' including Nigerian-born Mannywellz.

As a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, Mannywellz' is one of the 800,000 young immigrants who receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for work permits. That is all in limbo under the Trump administration's mission to repeal DACA.

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The Soweto Gospel Choir Takes Home the Award for 'Best World Music Album' at the 2019 Grammys

This is the South African group's third Grammy win.

The Recording Academy has already begun to dish out this year's trophies for the 61st Grammy Awards. Our eyes were set on who out of the four African musicians would snag the award for "Best World Music Album"—and the winner is South Africa's very own Soweto Gospel Choir for their album, Freedom.

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Seun Kuti & Fatoumata Diawara Will Perform Live at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony

Catch them live this Sunday.

The 61st Grammys Awards are coming up this week and, despite their continued use of the questionable "World Music" category, a lot of our favorite African artists are nominated this year.

It's now been revealed that Seun Kuti and Fatoumata Diawara, who are both in the running for an award, will be performing together at the prelude to the 61st Grammy Awards.

The Nigerian afrobeat torchbearer and Malian star singer will be playing live at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony taking place Sunday, February 10 at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT. The show will be streaming live on the Grammys official website.

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