Nneka is the daughter of an Anambra state Nigerian father, and German mother. She was born and raised in Warri, in the Delta region of Nigeria, and went to the primary school of the Delta Steel Company, then the secondary school at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Nneka relished the experience of singing from an early age in her school and in the church choir. After relocating to Hamburg, Germany, at the age of 18, she pursued a career in singing alongside a degree in Anthropology at the University of Hamburg. She now divides her time between Nigeria and Hamburg.
Even though Nneka sings more than raps, she names hip hop as her primary musical root and most important source of inspiration, while citing artists such as Fela Kuti and Bob Marley as well as contemporary rappers Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Lauryn Hill as key influences in her own pursuit of musical recognition.
Her lyrics reflect much of her history and life in Nigeria as well as her time spent in Western Europe. Her songs stress the issues of capitalism, poverty and war and are often loaded with moral and biblical messages and references, with some music commentators comparing her to Erykah Badu, Neneh Cherry and Floetry.
Her most recent CD - “ soul is heavy” is a reflection of who Nneka is, which is, conscious artist who infuses her lyrical style with an awareness of what is going on around and about her. I love this CD. It has so many different styles ranging from Hip Hop to Soul to Reggae. She also does one of her favorite things, which is speaking in pidgin/broken English. I have enclosed a song from that CD on today’s Fresh Vibes Monday. This CD came out in February and you can pick it up from Amazon.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 June 2012 11:35 )