Nigerian Afro-dancehall king “Inetimi Alfred Odon” better known by his stage name Timaya has joined the list of the 60th Grammy award nominees.
Timaya who has had a very wonderful year is set to crown it with a Grammy award for best reggae album as he has been nominated for best reggae album after featuring in Morgan Heritage’s album “Avrakedabra”.
Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artiste, Denroy Morgan. The band comprises Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan, and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan.
The Nigerian singer featured along Ghanaian Afro-pop singer, Stonebwoy, Chubb Rock, Stylo G, Bunji Garlin, Dre Zion & Sahel on Morgan Heritage’s “Avrekedabra” album. The Best Reggae Album categories include “Avrekedabra”,“Chronology” by Chronixx, “Lost in Paradise” by Common Kings, “Wash House Ting” by J Boog and “Stony Hill” by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.
If the “Avrekedabra” emerges as the best in its category at the 60th Grammy Awards, Timaya will be the first Nigerian-based act to win a Grammy. The first Nigerian, though not based in Nigeria, who won an award at the Grammy was Cynthia Erivo, a singer and actress born in London to Nigerian immigrants.
Cynthia had won a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album for the cast recording of the musical The Color Purple in 2016.