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Video: Kanyi 'Ingoma'

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Kanyi, a Cape Town-based female lyricist savant, asserts her ground in hip hop on behalf of, or because of the lack thereof, females in the game in South Africa. Her long awaited debut album, released this month under Mo’Fire Music, is fittingly titled Intombi Zifikile, translated: “The women/girls have arrived”, endorsing and affirming the the success of her fellow ladies in a largely underdeveloped, and predominantly male sect of South African music as a whole. Grab the single "Ungalibali" here.

Though on the shelves for the very first time, the album’s content reveals veteran prowess from the rookie artist. Kanyi is seasoned enough in her Xhosa dialect to manipulate it into alliterated clicks of rhythm, unlocking a unique and progressive sound yet maintaining its strong traditional influences. The first single off the project, "Ingoma" (video above), is a conscious piece conceptually tackling the grey areas of morality in South African society, and the shortcomings of the urban mindset: twisted, with tragic consequences. The visual representation is dramatic with traditional as well as art nouveau accents, bridging the gap and resulting in an especially relevant and empowering offering to the public.

From opening for Yasiin Bey at the Cape Town Jazz Festival in 2009, to a surprise collaboration on stage with Lauryn Hill at Kanyi's album release party in Cape Town, her career has no doubt been accredited. "Ingoma" proves an explosive introduction, a bomb boring holes in the heads of the closed-minded, opening them up to a heightened state of consciousness of the state of their consciences.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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