Bai Kamara Jr. nominated for blues award
Bai Kamara Jr.’s new album Salone, which was released earlier this year under the project name Bai Kamara Jr. & The Voodoo Sniffers, has been nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award 2020 in the category ‘Best Acoustic Blues Album’.
This nomination is an honour and a great achievement for Bai Kamara Jr., the Brussels-based Sierra Leonean singer and the only nominee from outside North America in this year’s competition. It is also a beautiful sign of international recognition of this particular blues album, which marks a new stage in Kamara Jr.’s career.
He revealed to eyesofalagosboy.com “We are really excited to be nominated for this prestigious Blues Award. We had favourable reviews across Europe when Salone was released, but we never thought it would cross the Atlantic (US). As the only non-American to be nominated in this category, it is a huge honour for my team and me”.
The 13th annual Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by the US-based Blues Blast Magazine, the largest free weekly internet Blues magazine with over 38,000 Blues fan subscribers located in more than 90 countries. Their results are the largest award series where Blues fans from all over the world vote to honour the Best in contemporary Blues music.
Online voting is free and open to anyone until September 5, 2020.
Fans can support Bai Kamara Jr. by casting their vote at https://baikamarajr.lnk.to/vote.
Originally from Sierra Leone, Bai Kamara Jr. grew up in the UK and has been living in Belgium for over 25 years. In January 2020, the singer-songwriter released his very personal and bluesy CD Salone under the name Bai Kamara Jr. & The Voodoo Sniffers in collaboration with the German record label Moosicus/MIG Music and his Brussels-based management agency Zig Zag World.
‘to be discovered urgently’ – ROLLING STONE (France)
‘hauntingly beautiful throughout – and strongly recommended’ – BLUES BLAST (USA)
‘a totally delicious CD, one which oozes the blues and drips soul’ – FATEA (UK)
‘the best blues album of the past year’ – LIRA (Sweden)
Since its release, Salone received many great press reviews and had airplay on radio shows in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. It was named ‘Album of the Month’ by the French-speaking Blues Radios Collective (CRB), ‘Album of the Week’ by NDR Info in Germany, and ‘Music of the Day’ by Rolling Stone in France. The French magazine also gave the album a coveted four-star review and invited Bai to perform a live session for Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’ video series in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.