New Afro-soul from Germany
The daughter of a Nigerian father and a German mother, Nneka Egbuna was born in Warri, in the Delta region of Nigeria at the height of its newfound wealth in the mid-1970s. She soaked up the sounds and rhythms of one of the most musical nations on the planet, a country where expressing yourself through song is just a part of everyday life, a country that has music in its very DNA, where the influence of giants like Afrobeat revolutionary Fela Kuti is never far away. Every year since her musical career took off in 2005, Nneka has built on her successes, stretched her muscles, and widened her range. Her debut album, "Victim of Truth," an inspirational mix of hot loops, black consciousness and 21st-century soul music, was garlanded with praise by the British media. The Sunday Times called it "as good as 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.'" Nneka’s music has a big splash of Bob Marley, a measure of Nina Simone and a lick of Erykah Badu. But now there’s more of the best ingredient: Nneka herself. Her first U.S. release, "Concrete Jungle," is a collection of songs that put the singer-songwriter at the forefront. Catch the most exciting Afro-European talent since Sade in an intimate venue—while you still can!