The daughter of a Nigerian father and a German mother, Nneka was born in Warri, Oil City in the Delta region of Nigeria at the height of its new found wealth in the mid ‘70s. For 19 years 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. At the age of 19 this modest and hard-working young girl made the big decision to leave behind the African way of life. Nneka’s raw yet distinctive style of songwriting and harmonies soon brought her to the attention of top acts touring the continent across a wide range of styles. She opened massive shows for Jamaican dancehall bad boy Sean Paul; then she did it again, this time for even bigger crowds with global hip-hop crossover stars Gnarls Barkley. Add Lenny and Lauryn to that list and you get an idea of the sheer reach of Nneka’s sound. It’s a sound that places her right at the center of the new revolution in African contemporary music today.
Admission: $10 in advance, $12 day of show