Unassuming, this Nigerian musician is as enigmatic as the truth of her words. During a press conference in Nairobi on Thursday, Nneka said she had no expectations of the Saturday February 4 concert at Tree House, Museum Hill, but she was keen to make a connection.
“I want to touch your heart,” she says, when asked what her music is intended to do. “I want to change your thinking.”
Nneka’s songs of love, protest, revolution and a higher power are not lost on the masses that she has accrued over the years as fans.
Music greats like Lenny Kravitz, Nas, and Damien Marley have been impressed by and made impressions on her resulting in an array of music collabos like the Heartbeat (Remix).
Her visit to Nairobi, which started Thursday and ends on Sunday will be her first ever East African tour that will take her through Kigali, Kampala and Zanzibar – in that order.
She is in the country with two members of her band, who say that they will perform tracks from her last two albums; Soul is Heavy and No Longer at Ease.
Dan Chizi will be her ‘opening act’ and not curtain raiser, she says – revealing that her knowledge of Kenyan music is limited. She did mention Wyre however, touching on the collabo he did with M.I.
Nneka’s trip in Kenya will include a music workshop and possible studio recording with none other than Eric Wainaina, according to reports.
“It will be nice for us to be able to share with Kenyan musicians, this is how we grow,” she told journalists.
The act opens at Tree House at 8pm, before Nneka comes on stage and DJ Zelalem closes the concert with an after party at the same venue. Damage at the door is Sh500.
The concert has been sponsored by Goethe Institut, Spark Africa and Tree House…
Nneka’s first day started with a not so pleasurable trip to Java, followed by a very welcome visit to Kosewe where the fish and kachumbari did the trick.