Nneka (8:45 PM)

Bambaata Marley (7:45 PM)

Sun, June 7, 2015

7:00 pm

Adv Tix $15.00 / Day of Show Tix $20.00

Tickets at the Door

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Nneka - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
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.

“I decided to call this project My Fairy Tales as a way of making subject matter that is sometimes quite heavy and bitter sound sweet,” says Nneka. “My previous albums had quite heavy names – like No Longer At Ease and Victim Of Truth. ”

My Fairy Tales, Nneka's fourth is released through Bushqueen Music and was born while she was studying French and living in Paris. “I'd initially gone for one month but ended up extending my stay for several months,” says Nneka. “While there I met the producer Mounir Maarouf and I just started recording every day after school. It evolved into this project; the Parisian Sessions.” It was recorded and produced in France, Denmark and Nigeria. French producer Mounir Maarouf produced five songs, the Danish Silver Bullit team with Nneka produced two songs and The Slag [aka Martin Nigsch] produced one song.

My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face - focusing on the importance of being responsible towards children as well as the significance of culture, education and identity values. “I wanted to write about this experience in the ” Nneka explains. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man's land’. but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”

My Fairy Tales has a retro groove appeal to it, with authentic afro-groove highlife blending with roots reggae. In the viral single Book of Job, Nneka sings: “No matter what comes, on my knees I will stay/ I keep beseeching, so let the storms come cos I know that love will conquer everything.”

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 3 previous 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.
Bambaata Marley - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
Bambaata Marley
Bambaata Marley is a Jamaican-born, singer/songwriter, performer, and producer. As versatile as they come, Bambaata’s sound breaks genre barriers.

From the time he was a toddler, Bambaata was accustomed to living out most of his days on a tour bus, continuously spanning the globe with his family. The inspiration of his musical upbringing harnessed his creative energy and affirmed his natural passion for the art of making music and performing on stage, eventually leading him to venture into the studio to produce much of his own music, as he does today.

In 2012, Bambaata Marley started touring select U.S cities and in August of the same year, released his first independent effort 2 Feet. In February 2013, his single, “Treat you Right” was released on the Ghetto Youths International compilation album, Set up Shop Vol.1. In 2014, Bambaata was invited to tour select dates with Ms. Lauryn Hill on her Homecoming tour.
Bambaata Marley has forged his own identity and proven himself on his own as the complete artist, expounding on themes from love to personal freedom. Inherently influenced by his legendary lineage, his musical styles range across all genres. He notes, "love peace and music , I choose to dedicate this life to it's creation."
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