Velvet Kente. Photo by Brian Chilson.

Velvet Kente, our round one winner, is one of the ever-shifting performance names for local composer joshua. It’s fairly new as a name, but joshua’s been playing around locally for several years, most prolifically in ’06 and ’07. Last year, his song “binti” guided Korto Momolu’s collection down the runway on the season finale of “Project Runway.

Why they’ll win: joshua’s voice quiets rooms. It’s big and commanding in the truest sense. The supporting players are all crack musicians, and their music ranges from funk rock to a meditative folk to Afro-beat. There’s a novelty to that kind of genre bending in Little Rock.

Previously: Get background on the band, read judges commentary and a rundown of their semi-final win and see video of the band performing.