Nneka / Afro DZ ak All-Starz / Keppie Coutts
Since 2003, Nneka has been working closely with German hip-hop beatmaker DJ Farhot. She has supported artists such as Femi Kuti, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Paul, and Gnarls Barkley. In February 2008 she released her second album, which combined the personal and the political to talk about the plight of the Niger Delta and the corruption in Nneka's homeland.
The Afro DZ ak All-Starz originated as the backing band for Boston-based MC/trumpet player Afro DZ ak, but has since evolved into a well-balanced collective of singers, MCs, and instrumentalists with a smooth, unique, funky style, blending original tunes with covers of artists such as Common, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, and Jill Scott.
Keppie Coutts revels in the new wave of folk fusion—acoustic-based song that steps inside jazz, soul, and quirky pop.