Monday, April 19, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Nneka
Nigerian born Neo Soul singer Nneka Egbuna has been an international star for a few years. She is just now getting exposure in the US from Sony. She is someone worth watching. She was born Dec. 24, 1981 in Warri, Nigeria to a Nigerian father and German mother. She moved to Hamburg, Germany at age 18 to study anthropology and persue a singing career. In 2003 she started working with German producer DJ Farhot (Andre Luth) and he started Yo Mama's Recording Company. Nneka's debut CD Victim Of Truth was released in 2005. She toured Europe but it was her second CD No Longer At Ease that got her some chart success in Europe. Heartbeat was a top 20 hit in England and reached #9 in Portugal in 2008. Meanwhile, DJ Farhot sold Yo Mama to the German label Four Music and they are 50% owned by Sony. Nneka continued to tour and won a 2009 MOBO Award for Best African Act. She made her US performing debut in Oct. 2009 and Sony released Concrete Jungle in Feb. 2010. It's a comp of her first two albums and with her mix of influences, Sony is trying to sell her as some sort of Mama Africa a la Erykah Badu except of course that Erykah isn't really African. Certainly Nneka is a rising star and Neo Soul fans should check her out. Here's the video for Heartbeat by Nneka.