Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nneka - Heartbeat of a Nigerian German

Nneka will stop your heart with her powerful and soulful voice, rich melodies, and captivating lyrics.

Born to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Nneka grew up in the troubled Delta region of Nigeria. At 18, she moved to Hamburg, Germany to study Anthropology, and instead ended up working with Hip Hop producer DJ Farhot. From there she had the opportunity to open for Sean Paul at Hamburg Stadtpark. After much acclaim for that performance, Nneka was given a green light to record her first album.

Her first album, entitled Victim of Truth, was released not only in Germany but also in England, France, Netherlands, Nigeria and Japan. Garnering rave reviews from the media, the UK's Sunday Times later declared it “the year’s most criminally overlooked album”.

In 2008 she released her second album, No Longer at Ease. Most of the songs are political, talking about the plight of the Niger Delta and the corruption in Nneka’s homeland. The lead single from it, Heartbeat, became her first song to break into the German Top 50. In September 2009, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty.

Here is the video for Heartbeat - and we get chills every time we hear it. This woman is a true talent.

No comments:

Post a Comment