Rocky Dawuni – ‘Beats of Zion’ and ‘Wickedest Sound’

In 2015 Rocky Dawuni became the first Ghanaian to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award, for his electrifying sixth album, ‘Branches Of The Same Tree’, in the Best Reggae Album category. Dawuni isn’t strictly a Reggae artist; he encorporates the style into his music, but it’s part of an amalgam of styles, including Afrobeat, Highlife, traditional Ghanaian folk, dancehall, jazz, North American soul, RnB, and electropop. He calls his sound Afro Roots: there’s nothing else quite like it.

Nuke The Soup – ‘Network’

Nuke The Soup’s Mark Davison, first started seeing the blurring of the line between war and commercialism during the first Gulf War, when cameras and news coverage took on a shiny look, with embedded journalists on location wearing fatigue jackets and helmets on top of their perfect dos, not a hair out of place. All the while panels back at home discussed strategies, not solely of battle plans, but also how to make it all into a saleable commodity.