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Sampha, Stormzy, J Hus and More Nominated For This Year's Mercury Prize

Here's the full list of this year's Mercury Prize nominees.

The nominees for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize—awarded to the "best British album of the year"—were announced earlier today, and some of the biggest names in the UK's music scene have made the cut.


British-Ghanian grime heavyweight, Stormzy earned a nomination for his album Gang Signs and Prayer, while Sierra-Leonean soul singer, Sampha is up for his debut album Process.

Gambian newcomer, J Hus earned a nod for his debut Common Sense as well.

Last year's Mercury prize went to British-Nigerian grime star Skepta for his seminal album Konichiwa. Hopefully, another African artist will take home the award again this year—yes we're completely biased.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

2017 Mercury Prize Nominees:

Alt-J - Relaxer

Blossoms - Blossoms

Dinosaur - Together, As One

Ed Sheeran - ÷

Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being

J Hus - Common Sense

Kate Tempest - Let The Eat Chaos

Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone

Sampha - Process

Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

The Big Moon - Love In The 4th Dimension

The xx - I See You

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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