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Video: Tanya Auclair’s “Gabriel”

Musical world traveler and Okayafrica favorite, Tanya Auclair, is all set to release her latest EP, Origami, June 13th. We’ll be sure to give you more info on her new project as it comes in, but for the time being we can offer you a sample of her experimental musical style. In this video Ms. Auclair reworks “Gabriel,” a two-step song originally recorded by Roy Davis Jr. and Peven Everett. Auclair strips down the original’s rhythmic sound and turns it into a folksy ballad that showcases all of the musical styles she’s picked up in her career, from Rwanda to London. The new version isn’t as dance-friendly as the original, but her bare bones treatment reveals the soulful lyrics that were overshadowed by the original’s heavy bass and synthesizer.

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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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