On 19 July the Atelier Babylon in Bratislava will welcome Nigerian-German singer Nneka, who will be playing her special brand of music in Slovakia for the first time. Nneka is no stranger to Slovakia, though, as she has been involved in archaelogical research here, so knows a lot about Slovak history, including modern day history.
Every year since her musical career took off in 2005, this Afro-German warrior princess has built on her successes, stretched her muscles, and widened her range, says her Bio on her website. Her debut album Victim of Truth (released in the UK in 2007), an inspirational mix of hot loops, black consciousness and 21st-century soul music – was garlanded with praise by the British media.
Nneka, who has been compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray or Corinne Bailey-Rae, is also active in the fight for women’s rights and one of the leading figures of the anti-corruption movement Occupy Nigeria.
Born of Nigerian father and German mother, she spent the first 18 years of her life in Nigeria, before moving to Germany, where she was noticed by singer Sean Paul, which helped accelerate her career. Her latest album Soul Is Heavy received roaring reviews, putting her among the top soul singers of today.