Blog December 7, 2018
Grammy Nominees Include Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Soweto Gospel Choir

The nominees for the 2019 Grammys were announced this week, and even though Sting got nominated for his reggae album with Shaggy, there’s a lot to like on the lists. Elio Villafranca’s ambitious Cinque record got a nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album; the world’s cutest Colombian band, Monsieur Perine, is nominated for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, and Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and the Soweto Gospel Choir—along with the group Yiddish Glory—were nominated for World Music Album of the Year. Black Panther is even on there with the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.

Here’s a list of the nominees in the most Afropop-relevant categories:

Best World Music Album

Bombino, Deran

 Fatoumata Diawara, Fenfo

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Black Times

Soweto Gospel Choir, Freedom

Yiddish Glory, The Lost Songs of World War II

Best Latin Pop Album

Pablo Alboran, Prometo

Claudia Brant, Sincera

Natalia Lafourcade, Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos se Los Macorinos), Vol. 2

Raquel Sofía, 2:00 AM

Best Latin Jazz Album

Eddie Daniels, Heart of Brazil

Dafnis Prieto Big Band, Back to the Sunset

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band, West Side Story Reimagined

Elio Villafranca, Cinque

Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet, Yo Soy la Tradición

Monsieur Perine
Monsieur Perine

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Aterciopelados, Claroscura

COASTCITY, Coastcity

Monsieur Periné, Encanto Tropical

Orishas, Gourmet

Zoé, Aztlán      

Best Tropical Latin Album

Charlie Aponte, Pa' Mi Gente

 Formell Y Los Van Van, Legado

Orquesta Akokán, Orquesta Akokán

Felipe Peláez, Ponle Actitud

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Anniversary

Cha Wa at Mundial Montreal
Cha Wa at Mundial Montreal

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Sean Ardoin, Kreole Rock and Soul

Cha Wa, Spyboy

Na Hoa, Aloha From Na Hoa

Kalani Pe'a, No 'Ane'i

Young Spirit, Mewasinsational: Cree Round Dance Songs      

 Best Reggae Album

 Black Uhuru, As The World Turns

Etana, Reggae Forever

 Ziggy Marley, Rebellion Rises

Protoje, A Matter of Time

Sting & Shaggy, 44/876

 Carlos Vives, Vives       

You can see the whole list on Billboard’s site. It contains some real surprises (Seal released a standards album? Kanye with one nomination? Backstreet’s back, all right?). 

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