Nneka

Date 26/03/2023 Total price, inc booking fee £23.20 Time 19:00

Nneka was born and raised in Warri, the Delta region of Nigeria. At the age of 19, she moved to Germany and enrolled in Hamburg University to study Anthropology. It was during these student years, Nneka honed her craft as a singer-songwriter and her music career was born. Following the footsteps of legendary artists such Fela Kuti and Bob Marley, Nneka drew a lot of influence and inspiration from her experiences and carved an authentic voice with a message in her music. Her politically charged lyrics pushed her to the forefront as one of Africa’s powerful voices. Nneka’s lyrics lays bare a variety of everyday life issues that range from heartbreak, disdain for gossip, motherly-love, and the quest for justice.

If “music is a weapon” Nneka is definitely a tour de force in Music’s arsenal. With a big voice and heart to match, her musical inclinations and explosive lyrics prove she is in for the long haul. Nneka strives to project positive energy into any and all environments she can reach: “If you approach me with hatred, I will approach you with love. I have to be strong enough to transform that hate into love. And the more you hate me, the more I will love you, and the more I will make you love me.”

Working tirelessly over the last decade, Nneka has released 3 albums to date: ‘Victim Of Truth’ 2005, ‘No Longer At Ease’ 2008, ‘Concrete Jungle’ for North America market 2010 and ‘Soul Is Heavy’ 2011. The single “Heartbeat” 2009, from the ‘No Longer At Ease’ LP scored Nneka a UK Top 20 hit and was subsequently sampled by Rita Ora for her #1 UK hit ‘R.I.P’. Nneka continues to tour and electrify audience across the globe touring with the likes of The Roots, Gnarls Barkley, Nas and Damian Marley (Distant Relatives tour).

Nneka has been nominated for awards in numerous categories worldwide and won the MOBO Award for Best African Act in 2009 in the UK. In 2010, she recorded a tribute song called “Viva Africa” for the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP in South Africa; and was a guest on The David Letterman Show. In 2012, she appeared on BET’s ‘106 & PARK – Music Matters’ where she performed a live acoustic set. In 2013, she played in New York’s legendary Apollo Theatre. In 2014 Nneka joined the judging panel on ‘Nigerian Idol’ Season 4.

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