Nigerian music producers Bankulli and DJ Spinall and British-Ghanaian producer Juls have joined the Recording Academy as part of its 2020 class, which numbers 2,300 inductees. The Recording Academy is the body organising the Grammys. “The class was selected by a committee of industry peers based on exceptional contributions to the music industry,” it said in a statement. Music in Africa reports that music professionals of African and African-American descent now form 21% of the Academy.
D’banj’s former manager, Bankulli has production credits on Jay Z and Kanye West’s 2011 joint album Watch the Throne and Beyonce’s 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift. Spinall, who is CEO of TheCAPMusic and has worked with WizKid, Davido, MI, and Tiwa Savage, has four albums to his credit: My Story, Ten, Dreams, and Iyanu. Juls has worked with Burna Boy and Show Dem Camp, and on Mr. Eazi’s albums Life Is Eazi: Accra to Lagos and Life Is Eazi: Lagos to London.
“I have been invited to become a part of the new Recording Academy member class,” Music in Africa reports Bankuli as saying. “I’m honoured to have an opportunity to celebrate, represent, and give back to the music and its creators.”
“I am humbled and privileged to be part of the elite table,” Spinall said. “Grateful joining the new class of Grammy Academy. I’m extremely honoured to represent, celebrate and give back to music and the creators.”
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: business, art, photography, music, activism, health, food. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.