Benson Idonije, the grandfather of Nigerian singer and Grammy nominee, Burna Boy says he is expecting his grandson to win the award because all the trajectory points to him.
Nigeriantunes reported that the Grammy academy nominated the singer for the Best World Album of the year. The category is strictly for musicians exhibiting non-European and indigenous traditions.
Burna Boy’s ‘Africa Giant’ album meets the criteria, hence, he found himself in the category with a multiple Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.
Other nominees under the category are Altin Gün, Bokanté & Metropole Orkest; Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartets.
Despite this array of stars, Burna Boy’s grandfather believes that his grandson will bring home the award come January 2020.
“I think Burna will win his category because his music is stronger and his image is bigger. I think that the whole trajectory is leading to him winning the Grammy. I am very optimistic,” Burna’s grandfather told Punch in an interview.
He also said that he still critic the music of Burna Boy. According to him, whenever Burna Boy finish working on a song, he listens to it and passes his comment.
This is not surprising as Benson who is now in his early 80s was a broadcaster and a manager of the originator of Afrobeats, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The same legend who Burna said influenced his style of music.