Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Who is That Girl: Nneka
Decon just put me up on a new singer (who is a member of the blessed family of big haired folks) Nneka. Her album CONCRETE JUNGLE is due out on Yo Mama/Decon/Epic, February 2, 2010. You can hear her song "The Uncomfortable Truth" HERE.
Sounds like homegirl has been at it for awhile, her first album Victim of Truth (released in the UK in 2007) met with plenty of praise by the British media. (‘As good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,’ said UK’s The Sunday Times). Her second release, No Longer At Ease, landed her on tour with Lenny Kravitz.
Nneka’s first US release, Concrete Jungle, stands as an offering of love, hope and optimism dedicated to the people of Warri & the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Holding it all together is the emotional focus of her beautiful voice, located in a place somewhere between yearning and rage.
Nneka fans number in the hundreds of thousands across two continents, as she divides her time between homes in Lagos and Hamburg, Germany. She's now set to tour the U.S. so make sure you check for her. Dates are below.
November Tour Dates:
Monday, 11/9 - New York, NY - Joe’s Pub
Tuesday, 11/10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom w/ The Roots
Thursday, 11/12 - Boston, MA - Café 939
Friday, 11/13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Saturday, 11/14 - Vienna, VA - Jammin’ Java
Tuesday, 11/17 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
Thursday, 11/19 - Santa Monica, CA - Zanzibar
Friday, 11/20 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
I stumbled on this old video of her too in case your curiosity is piqued.