With the 2022 64th GRAMMY Awards nomination announcement set for Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 the Recording Academy has gone ahead to announce the 3rd annual “Behind The Record” initiative to continue to give credit to creators in music.
In the third annual Behind The Record initiative, the Recording Academy is giving credit to the creators behind our favorite records and is educating lawmakers in the process. Now, artists are getting in on the movement to #GiveCredit to creators and among the artists highlighted this year are BTS, Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Kenya’s Victoria Kimani and Gabiro Mtu Necessary among others.
Even though singer Victoria Kimani already had her album AFREAKA for a GRAMMY consideration in 2020 it is evident that her efforts in her latest album Spirit Animal are already paying off with the album receiving rave reviews from music lovers across the globe and also from the GRAMMYs. Being her 4th album & arguably her best work to date the East African gem features stars like Yemi Alade, Bella Shmurda, Kidi, Peruzzi and Kenya’s boy band H_art The Band in this summer infectious 16-track album.
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Also getting rare and surprising recognition in this years Behind The Record initiative is Kisumu based independent singer, songwriter and rapper, Gabiro Mtu Necessary who is steadily becoming a household name in Kisumu, Kenya and beyond. Having released his new EP dubbed Jenesis a week ago he is already getting recognized by the Recording Academy making him the first artist from the lakeside region to ever be on this prestigious platform.
Earlier last month Gabiro announced his decision to quit music in an Instagram post that has since been deleted before he came back this month and renounced his comeback with a new EP. He stated that his main reason for changing his mind was to keep the spirit of his deceased father alive by continuing the work they both started together before his demise in 2019.
He gives credit to his father as the production coordinator and executive producer in his latest album.
Mtu Necessary as is known by his fans and followers is already commanding a solid and huge social media influence with his style of music that comes with humour and hilarious metaphors as seen in his songs “Atago” and “Pop Star” that are both in his new EP.
Jenesis EP comes days after the Kisumu star hit a milestone with his music by garnering a total of 500,000 streams on Boomplay and another 300,000 streams with his last release on the same African music platform.