Nwaka Onwusa

Selecting only five from such a dynamic collection of African-American musicians is hard. However, when I think of performances that keep me coming back because of their level of intimacy, depth, and joy, it's Mickey Guyton, Gary Clark Jr., Nubya Garcia, Tobe Nwigwe, and the incomparable Minister of Funk, George Clinton. Together, these performances embody the vast sonic landscape that black artists have cultivated. Each is unique, but each means healing, resilience, reflection, and love to me.