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Cementing her status as Nigeria's most successful musician since Fela Kuti, Soul Is Heavy is the third album from politically conscious soul vocalist Nneka. Further developing her unique blend of R&B, reggae, hip-hop, and Afro-beat, the follow-up to 2008's No Longer at Ease includes collaborations with Mercury Music Prize-winner Ms. Dynamite ("Sleep") and Roots MC Black Thought ("God Knows Why"). ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi


Born: 24 December 1981

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Nigeria and based in Germany, Nneka is a stylistically diverse, politically inclined English-language neo-soul singer reminiscent of Erykah Badu. Born Nneka Egbuna in Warri, Nigeria, in 1981, she immigrated at age 19 to Hamburg, Germany, with plans to study anthropology. Influenced by the towering legacies of Fela Kuti and Bob Marley as well as by contemporary urban American artists such as Mos Def and Lauryn Hill, she also pursued a career in music upon arriving in Germany. In time she met...
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