Nneka Moves Mountains With Simple Soul

DX was in the building as Nneka played her album at the Cornerstone/Fader offices for New York media.

Fresh off a taping with David Letterman, Neo Hip Hop soulstress Nneka wowed an intimate audience at her listening session at the Cornerstone/FADER offices in New York City last night.

The Nigerian/German singer-songwriter performed a couplet of tracks off her mainstream debut Concrete Jungle, which released this week (February 2). Compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill, Nneka fuses rootsy soul with Hip Hop and elements of her native Nigerian culture. Following her acoustic performance, Nneka explained her experience in her homeland as an artist who crafts music with political undertones. She described dodging the secret service due to the content of her lyrics and overall backlash for her message music.

When asked how she feels about now being a part of New York City, Nneka replied, “Babylon is enticing. It’s enjoyable to dance with the devil and win his soul.” With a faint accent and a winning smile, Nneka voiced her intentions as a star on the rise: “I’m just me. Simple, trying to be professional…and authentic.” Concrete Jungle is in stores now.

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  • ParisCity

    Nneka is amazing! This album was made for the united-states and is composed of songs that were already released in Europe! I'm from France and I have her first and second album ("victim of truth" released in 2006 and "no longer at ease" released in 2008). I'don't like the comparison with Lauryn Hill. Don't get it twisted, i Love Lauryn Hill but I prefer Nneka for three reasons: -First, the production on her two albums is better than the production on Lauryn Hill album (I think about "the miseducation of Lauryn Hill") -Then, she talks about the same subject matters as Lauryn Hill but as she is Nigerian the "African" feeling in her songs is even stronger. Also, like Lauryn Hill, she got that soul which is something you get even if you don't understand fully the lyrics. -Last but not least, she has a beuatifull voice (Lauryn Hill too but I think Nneka is even more versatile. Those are the reasons why I prefer Nneka over Lauryn Hill. That's my opinion and I know many won't agree .If that's the case give me your opinion, I want to know how you American feel about her (cuz it seems that a lot of people in the Us start to hear about her while she's been successfull for quite a while in Europe) Peace out to everybody and pardon my english!!

    • Dab

      I agree with Jay for the most part, yeah at least here in the states, Lauryn's music was HUGE and its still a timeless album given I still listen to it. I'm still looking for her album (Nneka) but I've heard a number of her songs online and they're great.

    • J the Way

      LOVE the album... But better production values than The Mis-Education? Nah! That's my opinion, though. Better voice? Nah! That's my opinion, though. Besides all that, this girl is not Lauryn. This girl is Nneka! Let her be who she is. Comparisons are a pain in the ass. But I wholeheartedly agree with you that the woman is the shit.

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  • moh112

    curious to hear the album

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