Nneka: “My Home”
Nigerian-born singer Nneka infuses awesome neo-soul with a burning social consciousness and an eclecticism that calls on influences from all over the African diaspora. Her music brings to mind artists like fellow Nigerian Fela Kuti, the reggae great Bob Marley and luminaries of modern American soul and R&B like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.
Nneka Egbuna was born in 1981 in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and a German mother. At 19 she emigrated to Germany to study anthropology, but music came calling. She made her debut in 2005 with the five-song EP The Uncomfortable Truth, which she followed with the full-length Victim of Truth a year later. 2010′s Concrete Jungle was her first record released in the US, and brought together tunes from her European records.
Last week Nneka made an appearance at KUT’s SXSW showcase at the Four Seasons. She closed her set with “My Home,” which appears on her 2011 record Soul is Heavy. Her performance brought down the house, and it’s today’s song of the day. You can listen to the full set right here.