No one would have ever thought a Zimbabwean would win a Grammy award, but thanks to Brian Soko, this became a reality. Last year, the producer was nominated and even won the award.
He was nominated in six categories for his involvement in Beyonce’s massive hit, Drunk In Love and he won three of those nominations. This made him the first Zimbabwean and the first African to win a Grammy.
this year, he’s been nominated along side his production partners Rasool Diaz & Andre Proctor of ‘The Order’ for “Best Rap Album”. The trio produced three songs on Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print album that are worthy of an accolade.
The Grammy’s will be taking place on Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In his acceptance speech last year, he dedicated his award to Zimbabweans. This year ahead of the nominations, he said;
“I’m humbled and excited to be nominated again. Our team works extremely hard and we know there’re no guarantees in this industry. It’s always amazing for a project you contributed on to be recognised at this level.”
The Zimbabwean whose dad is a banker claims he fell in love with hiphop when his elder brother introduced him to it. He studied sound engineering at a college in Florida.
Soko, together with his associates of The Order, have produced music for Lil Wayne, Drake, Future and Rich Gang. They have also been involved with several African artistes and producers. He produced and featured on a record for South African rapper Chad titled “EFT”, Soko also worked with rap artist Cassper Nyovest on his hit, Phumakim as well as on K.O’s Mission Statement , DJ Vigilante’s Sgelekeqe featuring Ma-E, PRO, Maggz, Uhuru’s DJ Maphorisa on a record titled “Menina Bonita”, Nigeria’s Runtown which was produced by fellow Zimbabwean Tatenda Kamera – Zimbojam.