Nneka On World Cafe

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Nneka's World Cafe appearance includes music from Concrete Jungle, her first U.S. release. Photo courtesy of artist hide caption

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Nneka's World Cafe appearance includes music from Concrete Jungle, her first U.S. release.

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Combining soul, hip-hop, rap and reggae, the Nigerian and German artist Nneka has distinguished herself not only as a talented musician, but also as a symbol of perseverance and empowerment, and brings some of her most compelling music to World Cafe.

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Nneka lived for 19 years in Nigeria, where she absorbed the musical flavors of Nigerian culture and was influenced by issues of political strife and corruption. She then moved to Germany to further her education at Hamburg University. It was there that culture shock set in, as her Nigerian culture and values were threatened by her new surroundings.

In an attempt to bridge her identities, understand the world around her and communicate her ideas to the masses, Nneka began recording and performing, all while studying anthropology in college. Before long, she was in high demand at clubs and festivals across Europe. She has opened for major acts including Sean Paul, Femi Kuti, Bilal and Gnarls Barkley.

Nneka's career took off in 2005 after the release of her debut album, Victim of Truth, which received praise from across Europe and planted the seeds for an even more compelling sophomore album. Now Nneka brings words of truth, wisdom and hope to the U.S. with Concrete Jungle, an album dedicated to the people of Warri and the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Moving effortlessly from sweet, melodic singing to confident rapping, Nneka is as versatile with her style as she is powerful with her messages.

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