Friday, February 12, 2010

Artist Spotlight: NNEKA

Nneka is an Afro-German singer/songwriter whose soulful music has found a solid place in my rotation this year.

At 19, Nneka made the dramatic, cross-cultural leap from her native Nigeria to Hamburg, Germany to further her education and eventually pursue her music.

Since that time, Nneka's music has resonated with fans across the globe, including Lauryn Hill and Lenny Kravitz.

Nneka's music finds its roots in Afrobeat - her vocals ranging from freestyle raps to elegant neo-soul. It is music that is socially aware of its past and optimistic about its future. Nneka gives voice to the harsh realities of her African homeland - the poverty and militant government - but also the strength of her people.

She offers personal insight, not answers, and lends a fresh breath of hope to the struggles faced around the world. Nneka sings from her heart about the life that she knows, and you can feel it in her vocals.

Concrete Jungle, Nneka's first American album, was released earlier this month. Visit Nneka's Official Website and learn more about this great artist and her music.

Watch the video to her single, "Heartbeat" below:

You can catch her powerful television debut of the song from last week's Late Show with David Letterman right HERE (via YouTube)

And check out the official video to her also-fantastic song, "The Uncomforable Truth" (via YouTube VEVO)

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