Artist Watch: Nneka's Adventures In America

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nneka has clearly made a big impression on me. Her third album, Concrete Jungle, has instantly become one of my top releases this year with its spirited grooves, lyrical wit and homespun delivery. The Reggae-Hip-Hop vocalist isn't new to the music scene as she has had two albums out prior, yet Concrete Jungle is Nneka's first handshake to American shores, and now she wants to get even more acquainted. Born and raised in Nigeria, Nneka is stepping onto American soil for her first North American tour and she has decided to share with us her experience. If you think she is just as passionate in the music on her albums, you're not far off in your thinking as we can see Nneka pour her all out on stage...and you can do it all by sitting comfortably in your home without purchasing a ticket.

Nneka has been letting fans keep tabs on her whereabouts in the US of A through a video tour diary from her YouTube homepage, Nneka World. In each of the clips she takes us through the motions of embarking on the open road, her thoughts on the experience, and of course the biggest thrill of all, stepping on stage and letting her music touch audiences, especially those Americans who have been waiting and those who have just discovered her talent. Check after the cut for a look at a performance of one of my favorites off of Concrete Jungle, "Suffri" and three of the current video diaries to get a fly-on-the-wall experience of an artist on the rise.

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