The Pace Report

Season 2010 Episode 10.17.10

The Pace Report: "Living The Concrete Jungle" The Nneka Interview

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The Pace Report: "Living The Concrete Jungle" The Nneka Interview
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Nneka Egbuna was born on December 24th, 1981 in Warri, in the Delta region of Nigeria. Her father is Igbo Nigerian and mother is German. Nneka sings in both her native Igbo and English. Throughout her childhood, she attended primary school and was heavily active in her church choir. While growing up in Nigeria, she was exposed and lived through some of the corrupt elements of her government and extreme actions of the oil companies that exploited the workers and townspeople. She always wrote poems and songs shedding some light on the atrocities and to escape her daily woes as a teenager.Upon graduating from high school, she relocated to Hamburg, Germany where she attended the University of Hamburg and earned a degree in Anthropology. Nneka also pursued music where she hooked up with producer DJ Farhot, a producer living in Hamburg. In 2004, she released her debut EP "The Uncomfortable Truth," generating a buzz in countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland. When her first full-length disc "Victim of Truth" released, it was well received in Germany, England, France, Netherlands, Nigeria and Japan. From then, Nneka toured non-stop, performing at festivals like the Chiemsee Reggae Summer, Haarlem, Den Haag, Saint-Brieuc; as well as in cities like Paris, Amsterdam, and London. Nneka opened for artists such as Femi Kuti, Bilal, Seeed, and Gnarls Barkley. Nneka's second album, "No Longer at Ease," was taken from a novel of the same name by author Chinua Achebe. The majority of the disc was about the political uprising and corruption of her country, Nigeria. Critics began hailing her as the next Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill. Again, the positive press and hit singles on "Ease" allowed her join rocker Lenny Kravitz to open for him during his European tour in 2009."Concrete Jungle" is one of the best recordings I've listened to so far in 2010. Her debut single "The Uncomfortable Truth" isn't Top 40 or R & B oriemoreless
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