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Cameroonian artists fail to make it to 2024 final Grammy nomination list

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The 2024 Grammy Awards have not nominated any Cameroonian artists. This Friday, when the final list of nominations was made public, four of them who had been pre-nominated for the global prestigious music award did not make it.

The 66th edition of the American Grammy Award pre-nominated Cameroon’s prolific rapper, Ko-c, also known as Njang Mengu Collins, in the categories of “Best New Act,” “Best Global Album” with GENESIS, and “Best African Music Performance.”

The awards to be held on February 4, 2024, in Los Angeles, also pre-shortlisted Cameroonian rap artist Stanley Enow for the “Best African Performance” category.

Enow received a pre-nomination due to the success of his latest and most popular track, “Take Ova,” which has accumulated nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube in two months and serves as the subject of millions of challenges on TikTok.

Both artists celebrated their nominations on social media and expressed hope of being on the final list.

Nigeria ‘takes’ the lead in Africa

Davido, Burna Boy, Ayra Starr, Asake, and Olamide, Nigerian artists, have all received nominations for the 66th Grammy Awards.

Burna Boy, a Grammy-winning star, secured a total of four nominations, while Davido, in his debut, received three nominations. Asake, Arya Starr, and Olamide received one nomination each.

The inaugural Best African Music Performance category nominated the Nigerian quintet, who share the spotlight with South Africa’s Tyla.

Asake and Olamide’s ‘Amapiano’, Burna Boy’s ‘City Boys’, Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush’, Davido and Musa Keys’ ‘Unavailable’, and Tyla’s ‘Water’ are the nominees in the newly established category.

Burna Boy received additional nominations for Best Melodic Rap for his song ‘Sitting On Top of the World’ featuring 21 Savage, Best Global Music Album for ‘I Told Them’, and Best Global Music Performance for ‘Alone’.

Davido has also been nominated for Best Global Music Album with ‘Timeless’ and for Best Global Music Performance with ‘Feel’. These Nigerian talents are recognised for their exceptional contributions to the global music landscape.

Did the Grammys snub Libianca’s ‘People’?

People, Libianca’s chart-topping hit, has sparked discussion due to its noticeable absence from the nomination list.

Libianca, who is just 22 years old, has established herself in the music industry with a repertoire that includes noteworthy tracks like ‘Special Loving,’ ‘My Place,’ and ‘Thank You.’

However, ‘People’ truly catapulted her into the limelight, securing a prominent place on the Billboard charts and claiming a spot on Spotify’s top chart. The song became a global sensation, accumulating nearly 500 million streams worldwide.

Criteria?

You should consider the highly competitive nature of the music industry. Each year, the Grammy Awards receive an overwhelming number of submissions, and the selection process is rigorous. A diverse group of industry professionals evaluates artistic excellence, technical proficiency, and overall impact. Even standout tracks like ‘People’ may face stiff competition with countless artists vying for recognition.

Ponder another aspect: consider the timing of the song’s release and its eligibility period for consideration. The Grammy Awards specify eligibility criteria, including the release date of the material. If the film ‘People’ was released outside the eligibility window or did not meet other requirements, it could explain why it is absent from the nominations.

Additionally, genre dynamics and category placements may have played a role. The Grammys feature numerous categories, each with its own criteria. The committee may have chosen to place ‘People’ in a category where it faced formidable contenders, making it challenging to secure a nomination.

The Grammys have also received criticism and scrutiny in the past for potential oversights and biases in the nomination process. The omission of some artists or tracks has sparked discussions about the awards’ transparency and fairness. Sometimes, surprising outcomes can occur due to the subjective nature of artistic judgement, despite the Grammys’ efforts to recognise excellence.

It remains to be seen whether the exclusion of ‘People’ will spark broader conversations about the Grammy selection process, but for now, the spotlight remains on Libianca’s remarkable musical journey.

Find some of the nominations below:

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily – Shadow Forces
Burna Boy – Alone
Davido – Feel
Silvana Estrada – Milagro Y Disastre
Falu & Gaurav Shah (ft. PM Narendra Modi) – Abundance In Millets
Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain ft. Rakesh Chaurasia – Pashto
Ibrahim Maalouf ft. Cimafunk & Tank and the Bangas – Todo Colores

Best Global Music Album

Susana Baca- Epifanías
Bokanté – History
Burna Boy – I Told Them…
Davido – Timeless
Shakti – This Moment

Record of the Year

“Worship,” Jon Batiste
“Not Strong Enough,” boy genius
“Flowers,” Miley Cyrus
“What Was I Made For?,” Billie Eilish
“On My Mama,” Victoria Monét
“Vampire,” Olivia Rodrigo
“Anti-Hero,” Taylor Swift
“Kill Bill,” SZA

Album Of The Year
World Music Radio, Jon Batiste
the record, boy genius
Endless Summer Vacation, Miley Cyrus
Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, Lana Del Rey
The Age Of Pleasure, Janelle Monáe
GUTS, Olivia Rodrigo
Midnights, Taylor Swift
SOS, SZA

Best New Artist

Coco Jones
Gracie Abrams
Fred Again..
Ice Spice
Jelly Roll
Noah Kahan
Victoria Monét
The War and Treaty

Best Global Music Performance

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily – Shadow Forces
Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain Featuring Rakesh Chaurasia – Pashto
Burna Boy – Alone
Davido – Feel
Falu & Gaurav Shah (Featuring PM Narendra Modi) – Abundance in Millets
Ibrahim Maalouf Featuring Cimafunk & Tank and the Bangas – Todo Colores
Silvana Estrada – Milagro y Disastre

Best African Music Performance

Asake & Olamide – Amapiano
Ayra Starr – Rush
Burna Boy – City Boys
Davido Featuring Musa Keys – Unavailable
Tyla – Water

Best Global Music Album

Bokanté – History
Burna Boy – I Told Them…
Davido – Timeless
Shakti – This Moment
Susana Baca- Epifanías

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Reportedly Killed in Helicopter Crash

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The semi-official news agency reports that the Iranian president, foreign minister and other occupants of the helicopter, including East Azerbaijan Province Governor Malek Rahmati, have been “martyred”.
There is still no official confirmation that Raisi is dead, but medics have said that they found “no signs” of life at the crash site.

Drone footage of the wreckage taken by the Red Crescent and carried on state media FARS News Agency showed the crash site on a steep, wooded hillside in northern Iran, with little remaining of the helicopter beyond a blue and white tail.

Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of the Iranian Red Crescent, said there are no signs of life of those traveling on board the helicopter, according to Iranian state news IRIB.

Reuters news agency also cited an unnamed Iranian official as saying all passengers are feared dead.

The crash prompted an hours-long search-and-rescue operation with assistance from the European Union and Turkey among others, but emergency crews were hampered by the fog and plummeting temperatures.

The potential loss of Raisi — a hardliner who was widely seen as Iran’s next Supreme Leader — is expected to sow further uncertainty in a country already buckling under significant economic and political strain, with tensions with nearby Israel at a dangerous high.

The incident comes at a sensitive time domestically for Tehran and seven months into Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza that has sent tensions soaring throughout the Middle East and brought a decades long shadow war between Israel and Iran out into the open.

Last month Iran launched an unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel — its first ever direct attack on the country — in response to a deadly apparent Israeli airstrike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

Iran’s hardline leadership has faced significant challenges in recent years, convulsed by youth-led demonstrations against clerical rule and grim economic conditions. Iranian authorities have launched a widening crackdown on dissent since nationwide protests broke out over the 2022 death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s notorious morality police.

The accident occurred as Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian were returning from a ceremony for an opening of a dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan, IRNA reported. Among those onboard were three crew members, the governor of Eastern Azerbaijan province, an imam Raisi’s head of security chief and a bodyguard, according to IRGC-run media outlet Sepah.

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Momo SDO imposes curfew ahead of National Day celebrations

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The Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) for Momo, in the Northwest Region, has issued a release imposing a curfew on the movement of persons, vehicles, and motorcycles from 9 pm to 5 am.

The order, signed by the SDO, Fouda Etaba Benoit, on May 13, 2024, is effective from May 15 to May 23, 2024, across the Momo Division.

The curfew has been implemented due to the resurgence of insecurity in the area and the necessity of maintaining law and order.

According to the SDO, the decision is meant to protect the lives and property of residents amidst rising tensions and to ensure the stability of the Division.

Some observers suggest that this security measure is aimed at ensuring the safe celebration of May 20, 2024, within the division.

May 20 is a significant date in Cameroon, marking the National Day celebrations.

“Ensuring safety during this period is seen as crucial given the current climate of unrest,” said an observer.

Residents have been advised to adhere strictly to the curfew to avoid any incidents and to cooperate with security forces who will be enforcing the restrictions.

Authorities have assured the public that the measure is temporary and aimed at restoring peace and normalcy to the Division.

The curfew has elicited mixed reactions from the populace, with some expressing relief at the heightened security, while others are concerned about the disruption to daily life and economic activities.

However, the overarching sentiment is one of cautious optimism that the measure will help stabilize the situation in Momo Division.

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Barrister Tamfu Richard hints on suing Atanga Nji for power abuse

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Human rights lawyer, Tamfu Richard Esq, has hinted on dragging to court the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, for abuse of power.

The lawyer who recently joined the PCRN political party, says Mr Atanga Nji has been infringing on the political rights of Cameroonians.

His comments are not unconnected to recent happenings within the Cameroon Party for National Reconciliation (PCRN).

The Minister has deepened the party’s internal crisis by imposing Robert Kona as leader amid an ongoing court dispute over the party’s leadership.

Cabral Libi, a member of Parliament for the party, was elected leader of the PCRN in 2019 until recently, when a farce emanated between him and one of its founding fathers, Robert Kona, now allied with Minister Paul Atanga Nji.

“Mister Atanga Nji Paul has for the past years demonstrated himself as the only public servant who has overtaken advantage of his position as Minister of Territorial Administration by infringing on the political rights and liberties of Cameroonians,” said Tamfu Richard.

“It is high time that we drag him to Court to face the law for abuse of function as prescribed by the Cameroon Penal Code. Let’s meet in court henceforth,” he stated.

Earlier on, Barrister Tamfu Richard expressed frustrations after his application to lead the PCRN participation in the May 20 celebrations in Bamenda was rejected by administrative authorities.

“I am very angry this morning. I feel like taking another nationality,” he said.

“How can I be deprived of taking part in the march past parade of my country, Cameroon? This is unbelievable! Where are we heading to?” he taunted.

Authorities in Bamenda prohibited the PCRN from participating in the National Day parade, a decision taken by administrative authorities in other parts of the country, including Yaounde.

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