Hailing from Warri, in the Delta region of Nigeria, Nneka first began singing as a student in Hamburg, and as a result her songs bridge the divide between the continents. One listen to the songs on her first US release, Concrete Jungle (she has two previous albums), and you’ll immediately hear a blend of hip-hop, R&B, soul, Reggae, and Afrobeat, with influences ranging from Fela Kuti and Bob Marley to Talib Kweli and Lauryn Hill. And throughout, her socially driven lyrical content and the languages themselves mix her both her African and European experiences. Though a perfect fit for any show, Nneka was certainly in her element performing live on The Best Ambiance with Jon Kertzer. Check out the video from the session here:
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