Thursday, March 4, 2010

Afrolista Of The Week: Nneka Egbuna

Nneka Egbuna is a Nigerian-German hip hop/soul singer and songwriter based in Hamburg,Germany. She sings in English and her traditional language of Igbo.
Singer Nneka Egbuna

Nneka is an Igbo name taken from the language of the Igbo people who live in the Eastern part of Nigeria and means “Mother is supreme, mother is the best”. The singer was born and grew up in Warri, in the Delta region of Nigeria. Nneka has been since an early age in school and in the church choir. After relocating to Hamburg, Germany, at the age of 18, she pursued a career in singing while obtaining a degree in Anthropology. She divides her time between Nigeria and the German city of Hamburg.

Even though Nneka sings more than she raps, she names hip hop as her primary musical roots and most important source of inspiration, while citing artists such as Fela Kuti and Bob Marley as well as contemporary rappers Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Lauryn Hill (I miss her) as key influences in her own pursuit of musical recognition.

Her lyrics reflect much of her history and life in Nigeria as well as her time spent in Western Europe. Her songs stress the issues of capitalism, poverty and war and are often loaded with moral and biblical messages and references, with some music commentators comparing her to Erykah Badu, Neneh Cherry and Floetry.

A list of her Albums

Victim of Truth
No Longer at Ease

2010: Concrete Jungle (1st US Album)

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