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Video: Keyti's Revolutionary Rhymes

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As far back as the 14th century, many countries throughout West Africa possessed an incredibly rich culture of oral storytelling. The gatekeepers, known as griots, played the essential and unique role of their community's historians through poetry, prose and song. They also provided entertainment as well as social and political commentary gathered through observation. Griots were vital to the social fibre of whatever community they served, preserving the history of these societies as they passed their talents on to the next generation.

Though not a self-proclaimed griot, conscious Senegalese hip-hop artist Keyti uses his music as a platform to pass on knowledge, share wisdom, and inspire listeners worldwide. His music brings awareness to the everyday realities that many people in his home country are burdened with as a result of the political and economic malevolencies that spread beyond the borders of Senegal, seeping and soaking much of the African continent in the same heavy waves of strife.

With the metropolitan capital city of Dakar as his backdrop, in his latest video released by Nomadic Wax, Keyti delivers a series of poignant poetic verses that so vividly capture the seemingly never-ending tribulations of his people, the same sentiments that have sparked protests and uprisings throughout the African continent over the past year.

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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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