Namibian musician Garth Prinsonsky has won a music award at the Juno Awards in Toronto, Canada.
Prinsonsky, who uses the stage name Garth Prince, won in the “Children’s Album of the Year” category.
The awards are presented annually to Canadian artists and musical groups to highlight their artistic and technical achievements in all musical genres.
The awards are the equivalent of the Brit Awards in Britain or the Grammy Awards in the United States.
Nine winners are selected from forty-two categories.
Prinsonsky, who began his musical career in Walvis Bay with the Mascato Youth Choir, moved to Canada about 12 years ago and began teaching African music in Canadian schools.
The 39-year-old father of two has released a children’s music book called Grazing Back Home, featuring original and folk songs, including “Tate wetu” in 2020.
“It feels like a dream. Africans are starting to make an impact on the global art scene. This award puts me in a good position to maximize the opportunity to bring Namibian-inspired music into every home. Canadian home. I’m going to make a plan to share what I’m learning here with kids in Africa,” Prinsonsky said.
This is the first time that an African-inspired music producer has won such an award in Canada.