Benson Idonijie, the grandad of Afrobeat/Afrofusion musician, Damini Ogulu professionally Burna Boy has expressed his desire for grandson to win the Grammy Award he was nominated for this year.
He said all the Artiste nominated alongside Burna Boy are equally good and have put out a decent body of work as well but he’s hopeful his son will win this time.
Me Benson Idonijie who once managed the legendary Fela “Anikulapo” Kuti revealed this to The PUNCH’s Sunday Scoop.
“I hope that this time, Burna Boy will clinch the Grammy. I feel encouraged and on top of the world. All the artistes in his category have their unique qualities but at the end of the day, one artiste must emerge the winner. I am hopeful that by the grace of God, it will be my grandson. It was his sister that informed me of the Grammy nomination. When we spoke on the phone, he called me a special name he has for me and said, ‘We have made it again’. I then prayed for him”
“Twice As Tall is a great album. The chronology of his skills was evident. When I heard it, I knew it was worthy of a Grammy and saw the new direction he was going. The album was completely message-driven. There is a particular song that has a very powerful message. I have listened to his albums over time and the songs have grown on me. They are timeless pieces.”
Burna Boy’s “Twice As Tall” album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Global Music category alongside Antibalas’ FU “Chronicles”, Bebel Gilberto’s “Agora”, Anoushka Shankar’s ” Love Letters” and Tinariwen’s “Amadjar”
The Grammy Awards ceremony is slated for the 31st of January, 2021.