UNITED States-based Zimbabwean hip hop and R&B music composer-cum-producer Brian Soko over the weekend scooped three awards at the 2014 edition of the Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles in the US, according to a communique issued by his management.
The award-winning Soko is well known for producing the beat to American singer-songwriter and actress Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love that features her husband Jay-Z.
The annual event celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of 2013.
The awards also recognised producers and songwriters of Billboard number one singles on the charts from the past year.
Soko and his production partners of The Order Production Company, Rasool Diaz and Andre Proctor, won in three categories:
Most Performed Song 2014 R&B/Hip-Hop Award Song for Lil Wayne’s No Worries
Billboard No 1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song for Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love
Billboard No 1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for Beyoncé’s Drunk In Love
“It is an honour and privilege to be honoured at these awards,” Soko said.
“This is the culmination of almost five years of hard work and sacrifice. I dedicate this to everybody who has supported us over the years.
“I am thrilled to have represented Zimbabwe and Africa at this level.”
Soko hogged the limelight and began to gain recognition in the music industry in 2003.
He is credited as the writer and composer of a track titled 100 Favors which features Detail, Birdman and Kendrick Lamar.
Soko has managed to expand his catalogue by working with other prominent African artistes such as Cassper Nyovest on the track Phumakim, KO from Teargas on a track titled Mission Statement and Dj Vigilante’s Sgelekeqe featuring Ma-E, PRO, Maggz.
Recently, he launched an Africa-focused management, marketing and production firm called Anashe Media Group, whose main goal is to partner with African media and corporations to create a platform to spring board emerging African brands and production talent.