Princess of Afro-Soul Nneka Shines at the New Parish, Oakland [Live Video] Tuesday 13 November, 2012

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Nigerian-German singer Nneka is hard to define. On Thursday, November 1st, hip hop/soul singer Nneka lyrically seduced the crowd of the New Parish, Oakland, casting a musical spell with her smooth voice, poignant lyrics, and impeccable rhythms. Weaving between many genres, including reggae, hip-hop, modern R&B, vintage soul, Afrobeat, flamenco and Sahara desert blues, Nneka’s […]

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Nigerian-German singer Nneka is hard to define.

On Thursday, November 1st, hip hop/soul singer Nneka lyrically seduced the crowd of the New Parish, Oakland, casting a musical spell with her smooth voice, poignant lyrics, and impeccable rhythms. Weaving between many genres, including reggae, hip-hop, modern R&B, vintage soul, Afrobeat, flamenco and Sahara desert blues, Nneka’s sound defied musical boundaries.

Nneka accompanied by her drummer and bassist at the New Parish, Oakland

During the show, Nneka shared that she had been on tour for two years and was happy that she had the opportunity to perform at the New Parish along the way. She launched into a performance that showcased her upbeat tempo, making the audience break into a joyful dance. Her deliverance was both contagiously inspiring to all those within the reach of her voice and soul-shaking with its brutal honesty. Her heart, bared for all to see, revealed the politics, life, people, suffering, war, poverty, hypocrisy, suppression, exploitation, and personal pain that made her message so universally relevant.

Despite Nneka’s infectiously funky beats, there is a seriously powerful message underlying her work. Born and raised in Warri, Nigeria and educated in Hamburg, Germany, Nneka raps and sings about the dynamic between her two loves – Africa and the West. Singing in both Igbo and English, Nneka celebrates her African culture while using her voice as a platform for social equality. Her song “Soul is Heavy” calls on the names of Nigerian revolutionaries including Ken Saro-Wiwa, Isaac Boro, and Jaja of Opobo to implore her people to look to the wisdom of the past in order to move towards a peaceful future. Speaking straight from heart of the African Diaspora, Nneka is intent to get her message across.

Nneka under the spotlight at the New Parish, Oakland

Inspired by God, Gandhi, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Victor Uwaifo, King Sunny Ade, and Sonny Okosun, Nneka’s honest, brave persona and uncompromising personality shines through in her spell-binding performance. Her words, at times jubilant and at other times sorrowfully moving, express that it is better to taste the bitterness to know how sweet life is. As she intertwines tales of corruption and injustice with notions of practicing love, she spreads her gospel of contributing to life instead of eternally taking.

Here are some live highlights from her Oakland performance:

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Live Unchained loved Nneka’s authentic and positive energy onstage. We’re looking forward to seeing what this mega-talented rising star comes up with next!

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Nneka’s Upcoming Concerts:

November 23, 2012 – Back2Black Festival 2012 -

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nneka, Martinho Da Vila, Siba, Jupiter Okwess International, and Novíssimos

Estação Leopoldina – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 16, 2013 – Africa Now! -

Freshly Ground, Blitz the Ambassador, Lokua Kanza, and Africa Now

Apollo Theater – New York, NY, US

Keep up with the latest Nneka news online:

Nneka’s Facebook

Nneka’s Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Aleyna Jones

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2 Comments

  • Noreen says:

    Looking forward to learning more about this artist. Thanks for the insightful article.

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