Gabiro Mtu Necessary Makes Cut For 65th Grammy Awards Consideration List

The 65th Grammy Awards is set to unveil its nominations list this November and Kisumu-based musician, Gabiro Mtu Necessary is the first Kenyan musician to receive consideration for the same.


Gabiro’s debut album; Saint John and another single dubbed Pok Alando have both been added to the voting list categories of Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance respectively.


This comes days after he hit the 2 million streams mark with his album across all digital streaming platforms with Boomplay leading with the highest number of streams at 520,000 streams at the time.


Last year, Mtu Necessary had his 3 track EP, JENESIS recognized by the Recording Academy in the annual Behind the Records project and later got considered for a Grammy nomination as the Best Global Music album alongside two other Kenyan musicians; Octopizzo and Victoria Kimani.


He recently got admitted to the Recording Academy as a member with voting rights.

Gabiro Mtu Necessary Makes Cut For 65th Grammy Awards Consideration List
Gabiro Mtu Necessary

All these came up at a time when the self-proclaimed Kisumu President had given up on music and had gone ahead to open a barbershop and venture into poultry farming.

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He is a clear indication that strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle and this is more evident with the fact that he is a native of Kisumu city where he dwells and creates his music with very little at his disposal.


In another post on his Facebook page, Gabiro wrote; “Is it not appropriate to now say I am the first rapper to take Luo rap to the Grammys? We are bringing this to Kisumu one day, it’s close and I can feel it…”


With the Grammys being the world’s most prestigious award, it is not an effortless feat to have a musician’s work featured on their platform and for this, we give up to musicians like Gabiro who keep applying pressure to the necessary points.

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