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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