Nigerian singer Nneka recently performed in Chicago. Although born in Warri, Nigeria, she moved to Germany at age 18. After working with DJ Farhot in Hamburg, Nneka slowly grew to public notice as an opening act for Sean Paul, Nas, and Lenny Kravitz.
Her style has been described as Lauryn Hill mixed with Erykah Badu. She recites and sings in both English and Igbo, at the show had the crowd chanting right along with her no matter what language. Her latest album Soul Is Heavy continues her journey in politics and hip-hop with a mix of sounds from reggae to pop music.
We spoke the day of her live show at the Double Door where she spread the message that we are all connected.
Jerry Nunn: Good morning, Nneka.
Nneka: I am so tired. We arrived in Chicago at 2 am.
JN: I’m sure there is a time change. Do you live in Nigeria?
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Lincoln Hall was the place to be this week. Singer Fiona Apple’s show sold out there in mere minutes crashing their servers. With lit candles and mood lighting the songstress performed past songs along with new ones.
The next morning I had brunch with gospel singers Mary Mary to watch their new reality show on WE tv. At night it was dinner at Season 52 to sample their new summer menu.
The next day I interviewed Paula Poundstone for her show in Skokie then checked out another concert at Lincoln Hall with singer Van Hunt. Unfortunately it was at the same time as Nigerian singer Nneka so I ran back and forth. Nneka really put on a political music show and taught the crowd some new words in her native language.
Afterwards we chatted before I ran back to see more of Van.
Elate restaurant featured a group entitled the Time Machines that is made up of a trio of cuties in hats playing the keyboards, drums, and cello. Specialty drinks were intriguing aside from the Calpotoska, which I felt was really peppery but don’t miss the smoked ham & egg flatbread.
The next morning started early with a trip to Macy’s on State and preview of the flower show featuring Brasil.
I attended the Jason Dottley solo show at Hamburger Mary’s in the evening. This Sordid Lives television star made some fun observations about gay life.
The week ended with one more trip to Lincoln Hall to a packed house rocking to The Temper Trap. With two nights there the Australian group displayed lots of new tunes and plan on returning to Chicago soon.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton threw a bash entitled “One Night in Chicago” at the Hard Rock Hotel (230 N Michicagn) to kick off Lollapalooza this past Thursday night. Such acts as Kid Sister, Nneka and B.o.B rocked the stage as Perez introduced them. Nunn on the Run asked Hilton if he was attending Market Days where he described himself as a “ghost and master of teleportation” and would be making appearances everywhere. Heartbeat