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free music friday: nneka
October 16, 2009, 9:05 am
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‘The Uncomfortable Truth’

This Nigerian-raised, Hamburg-based artist has been steadily gaining momentum over the last four years, culminating in her recent MOBO Award for Best African Act. Her style is a well-blended mix of “hot loops, black consciousness and 21st century soul music”, recalling such high-calibre acts as Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone and Bob Marley. But Nneka is not just a singer – she also gets to put letters at the end of her name after earning a first-class degree from a top continental university. Her 2007 debut Victim Of Truth and last year’s No Longer At Ease have earned her a strong Eurocentric following, predominantly in Germany and France, but it’s her upcoming third album Concrete Jungle, out February 2010, which looks set to substantiate her rising success as a new-school artist on the global stage, and will be her first US release.

‘The Uncomfortable Truth’ is not a new song – it was originally released as Nneka’s debut single in 2006 – but its relevance has not diminished. It is lyrically indicative of the material to be found on Concrete Jungle, an album intended as an optimistic message of hope to the Warri state of the Niger Delta in Nigeria, a state beset with civil strife and governmental politics, heavily influenced by the effects of colonisation in previous times and ownership of the land’s rich natural oil reserves. This is an emotive, heartfelt song, with Nneka’s rich R&B vocals strung against a simple, soulful arrangement kept beating with regular strains of saxophone. MP3 after the jump.

Catch Nneka on tour in November at the following venues:

04.11.09 ULU, London
25.11.09 Ruby Lounge, Manchester
26.11.09 Thekla, Bristol
27.11.09 The Picket, Liverpool
28.11.09 Coalition, Brighton

FREE MP3: Nneka, ‘The Uncomfortable Truth’

visit Nneka on Myspace


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