We’ve been keeping our watchful eye on the Grammys, because for every snub (Kanye’s MBDTF??) and bunk nomination (Bruno Mars??), there are stories of well-deserved recognition that straight up warm our hearts. For his underdog Album of the Year nomination, Bon Iver becomes this year’s Arcade Fire, right down to the hilarious reaction blog that pays homage to the original.
On a more serious, less Internet-A.D.D.-related note: we’re also stoked on Femi Kuti’s Africa for Africa, nominated for best world music album at the 2012 Grammys. Femi carries the torch for his father, Fela Kuti, an innovator and a figurehead for Afrobeat music as well as a dedicated political activist. We were recently directed toward this excellent performance of “Africa for Africa,” filmed by La Blogotheque on a rooftop in Paris. It’s an excellent introduction to Femi’s passionate approach to politics in music.
Take a look (and if you’ve got a Grammy vote in your pocket, take notes as well…):