Nneka is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Musician recommendation…

portrait of Nneka

BIO

HIP-HOP LEGEND Nas calls her “amazing” and “an incredible artist.” The Sunday Times hailed her as the new Lauryn Hill and said her debut album was “as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” And now award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka is back – with a captivating, reggae-tinged fourth album My Fairy Tales.” (~Precious Williams Review)

 

BORN AND RAISED around the Delta region of Nigeria, Nneka Lucia Egbuna moved to Germany aged 19 to study Anthropology at Hamburg University. It was during her student years that Nneka honed her craft as a singer-songwriter.“I financed my studies in Germany by playing gigs on the underground scene,” says Nneka. “I’ve always written from a very young age. I used to just write down my thoughts and experiences and lots of prayers.”

Her politically charged lyrics swiftly established her as one of Africa’s most powerful voices. Nneka’s lyrics examine a myriad of social issues, including maternal love, heartbreak and the quest for justice. Working tirelessly over the last decade, Nneka has released albums – Victim of Truth, No Longer At Ease and Soul Is Heavy. Her single Heartbeat [2009] scored her a UK Top 20 hit and spun a feature by Nas and was also sampled by Rita Ora for her #1 UK hit R.I.P.

Nneka continues to perform and electrify audiences across the globe with the likes of The Roots, Gnarls Barkley, Nas and Damian Marley. She won a MOBO for Best African Act in 2009 and recorded a tribute song called Viva Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and has appeared on The David Letterman Show and BET’s 106 & Park. In 2014 Nneka joined the judging panel on ‘Nigerian Idol’ Season 4.

Nneka’s passionate sense of social consciousness also led her to co-found a charity called The Rope Foundation, in 2012, with Sierra Leonean MC Ahmed Nyeie [aka Genda]. The Rope Foundation serves as a platform for young men and women to express themselves through art. Their most recent workshop focused on working with sexually abused women at the WAGA [War Affected Girls & Adults] Foundation, in the Bo Town region of Sierra Leone. “The Rope Foundation works to give a platform to help people express themselves and their issues in society,” says Nneka, who also serves as the Arts Ambassador for the African Women Development Fund [AWDF] in Ghana.

My Fairy Tales was released through Bushqueen Music [GSA: Feb 27th 2015. Rest of the World release: March 2nd]

Read the above Bio in Full by: Precious Williams at  http://www.nnekaworld.com 

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The Nneka “Heartbeat” (music video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

Nneka “Heartbeat” LYRICS:

You said you’d be there for me
In times of trouble when I need you and I’m down
And likewise you need friendship
It’s from my side pure love but I see lately things have been changing
You have goals to achieve
But the roads you take are broad and heartless
The wounds you make you are no aware
You throw stones
Can you see that I am human I am breathing
But you don’t give a damn

Can you feel my heart is beating
Can you see the pain you’re causing
Can you feel my heart is beating
Can you see the pain you’re causing

Blood blood blood blood is rushing

And now the world is asleep
How will you ever wake her up when she is deep in her dreams, wishing
And yet so many die
And still we think that it is all about us
It’s all about you
You sold your soul to the evil and the lust
And the passion and the money and you
Innocent ones die, people hunger for decades
Suffer under civilized armed-robbers, modern slaveholders

Can you feel my heart is beating
Can you see the pain you’re causing
Can you feel my heart is beating
Can you see the pain you’re causing

Blood blood blood keeps rushing

Evaded, eliminated, erased, interrogated
Our tradition, our love for our fellow countrymen
Our property, our resources our pride

Can you feel my heart beating
No no no you don’t

Can you feel my heart is beating
Can you feel the pain you’re causing
Can you feel my heart is beating
Can you feel the pain you’re causing

Written by Nasir Jones, Nneka-Lucia Egbuna, Farhad Samadzada • Copyright © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, Nettwerk One Music (canada)ltd

Doria Roberts is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Musician recommendation:

Doria Roberts (musican and social justice activist)

Doria Roberts was raised in Philadelphia and based in Atlanta and did not play guitar until her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania as a break from her East Asian studies schoolwork and found her voice as  an additional outlet for her political activism. As a proudly out lesbian, she has performed at numerous Gay Pride Festivals, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Lilith Fair, and the Montreux Music Festival. “Perfect” from 1999’s Restoration was nominated in the Best Pop Recording category at the 2000 Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards alongside Toshi Reagon, Luscious Jackson, and Me’shell Ndegéocello. Since 1995, Roberts has also organized Queerstock, a touring showcase of eclectic gay and lesbian musicians. Add to this the fact that she founded and runs her own independent label, Hurricane Doria Records, and appeared with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Jane Siberry, and DiFranco in the documentary For the Love of Rock, which features women in the world of independent music.  

the above Bio was edited/condensed from Kelly McCarney’s article: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/doria-roberts

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The Doria Roberts “Perfect” (live music video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.  Concert video provided by: www.hibbotte.com

Doria Roberts – Perfect
GA Music Hall of Fame presents
Live at 5 concert series
Cox Capitol Theatre
Macon, GA

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The Doria Roberts “Perfect” (music audio) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.  from CD: Woman Dangerous ℗ 2006 Hurricane Doria Music

Doria Roberts “Perfect” LYRICS:

Let’s take a picture now
I do not want to forget
The way you look at me when everything is perfect
A perfect memory of when things are so good
And everything has worked out just the way we knew it would

I bought a picture frame
I made room on the wall
I hold you close to my chest
Cause I’ve made room in my heart
You ask me what I’m doing
I say displaying our love
see you when I awake cause you’re the one I’m dreaming of

I love the sun when it shines
I love the sky when it’s blue
I love the color green
Because it reminds me of you
I’ve been thinking about you all night
A warm bed and a cozy fire
You put your arms around me and lift my head
And when you kiss me baby oh yeah…

Let’s take a picture now
I do not want to forget
The way you look at me when everything is perfect
A perfect memory of when things are so good
And everything has worked out just the way we knew it would

I bought a picture frame
I made room on the wall
I hold you close to my chest
Cause I’ve made room in my heart
You ask me what I’m doing
I say displaying our love
see you when I awake cause you’re the one I’m dreaming of

I love the sun when it shines
I love the sky when it’s blue
I love the color green
Because it reminds me of you
I’ve been thinking about you all night
A warm bed and a cozy fire
You put your arms around me and lift my head
And when you kiss me baby oh yeah…

Diana Gameros is a (Girl Power Academy) featured Musician recommendation:

about diana

Diana Gameros (singer, song writer, musician)

Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Diana Gameros is a singer, songwriter, and music instructor. Now living In the Bay Area, Diana has played with many local favorites, including the San Francisco Symphony, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, The Magik*Magik ensemble and has opened concerts for Bebel Gilberto, Latin Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia, Natalia Lafourcade, Gaby Moreno and many others. In 2013 she released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant. Diana received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation in 2014 for her work in music and social justice activism. Her songs and story have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and Weekend Edition, Public Radio International – The World and the PBS Newshour website. This year, Diana is releasing Arrullo, a new album of traditional Mexican songs that she arranged and directed to pay homage to her Mexican heritage.

Gameros was born to a musical family where she was surrounded by traditional Mexican songs of love and revolution. The first of her family to receive formal music lessons, Gameros left Mexico as a teenager to study piano and recording technology in Michigan. 

Even as she continues her musical journey, Gameros inspires her community as an activist promoting social justice and global awareness  through her support to organizations like ALIADI (Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes), Biosafety Alliance, Urban Sprouts, SF Living Wage Coalition, These Walls Speak, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and 16 Days of ARTivism.”  

To read the full Bio, see more videos and support the artist go to: www.dianagameros.com

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The Diana Gameros “¿Cómo Hacer?” (music video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.  (Directed by: Ben Fee)
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You build a wall – we make a bridge.
You ban an immigrant – we make a flower bouquet, a song
and welcome all humans in.” 

“¿Cómo Hacer?” – a song made up of questions that came out of my need for home, wisdom and forgiveness. Although I know we may not always have the answers to all the questions we ask on our quest for freedom, i truly believe that asking the questions is the first step toward being free.”  (~Diana Gameros)

Original Music & Lyrics by Diana Gameros:
www.dianagameros.com & Translation:

¿cómo hacer que la vida perdure
(que nada ni nadie escasee)?
si nadie es eterno
nada nuestro

¿cómo hacer que el que camina vuele?
¿cómo hacer que las fronteras se evaporen?
y caminar sin prisa al hogar
sin miedo llegar

¿cómo hacer que mi tierra me perdone?
¿cómo hacer para que su jardín ya vuelva a florecer?
y hacerle saber que lejos duele
decirle también que vivo por volver a verle

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english translation:

how can we make life last?
(so that nothing and no one is scarce)
if no one is eternal
nothing ours

how can we make the walker fly?
how can we make the borders dissolve?
so he/she can walk home
with no rush
fearless, arrive

how can i make my land forgive me?
how can we make her garden flourish again?
i live to see her again