14 February 2012

No Grammy for You! Global Artists Unrecognized by the Academy

Since the Grammy Awards axed a number of global categories, I'm even less inclined to pay any attention to them. Not to mention their penchant for attracting more attention for their unseemly celebrity performers than for the music they're supposed to be celebrating.

Now, inspired by a post listing "54 Artists That Somehow Never Won a Grammy..." I thought I'd spend a few minutes with the Grammy Winners' Database and see just how many worthy global artists had won.

I was surprised. Sort of. Of all those I input, mostly off the top of my head, only Ali Farka Toure was among the winners.

Here's a list of 30 key global artists, several of which are shocking omissions (Hugh Masekela? Bob Marley??) and others worthy, but probably unknown to the US pop machinery that drives the awards.

No Grammy for You: Global Artists Unrecognized by the Academy

    01    Fela Kuti
    02    Umm Kulthum
    03    Oliver Mtukudzi
    04    Khaled
    05    Googoosh
    06    Mulatu Astatke
    07    Thomas Mapfumo
    08    Hugh Masekela
    09    Malathini
    10    Mohatella Queens
    11    Rachid Taha
    12    Tarika
    13    Rosa Passos
    14    Seu Jorge
    15    Rebirth Brass Band
    16    Salif Keita
    17    Boban Markovic
    18    Fanfare Ciocarlia
    19    Kayhan Kalhor
    20    Asha Bhosle
    21    Lata Mangeshkar
    22    R.D. Burman
    23    Vusi Mahlasela
    24    Te Vaka
    25    Bob Marley
    26    Manu Chao
    27    Hossam Ramzy
    28    Susheela Raman
    29    Djelimady Tounkara
    30    Tony Allen


SpinTheGlobe said...

All of which, by the way, makes this win by Tinariwen all the more impressive. Congrats to them and everyone working with them. And may the Academy expand its horizons in the future, though it hasn't shown an inclination to do so in the past.

LeRoc said...

Hey, you listed the contents of my iTunes! ;) A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of watching Oliver Mtukudzi live in Maputo, Mozambique. What a presence he is on stage!

I agree with you about Tinariwen, now there's a band that I'd like to see live as well.