Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Nneka

I am sitting with a talent that hails all the way from Germany.  Her voice matches the talent you would expect to find at the top of the charts.  Matching that with fast paced, lyrics fueled tracks you are sure to have an energetic collection of tunes.  I first found this lady while just surfing the web (do we still saty that these days) and was immediately interested in learning more about her.  And based on what I found I am glad her music has come into my life.  So sit with me today as we get to know Nneka.

How in the world do I pronounce that name?

Nneka sounds like (hm neck car).

How long have you been performing?

I have been performing for the last four years.

What is the largest crowd you have ever played for?

I once played for 40,000 in Rome.

The smallest?

One person.

What are your thoughts on MySpace?

It is definitely an advantage connecting people, people like yourself and other likeminded artists.

Is that your logo on your MySpace background?

Yes, I designed it together with a friend of mine.  That was before I got my record deal with Yomama Records.

Are you on Twitter?

Yes, but I don`t know the address.

You are playing all over Europe.  Any thoughts of making your way to the United States this year?

Yes , by the grace of God, soon.

Where are you originally from?

I am from Nigeria, born and raised, though  my real mother is from Germany, but i grew up with my dad  a full Nigerian and stepmum who is  Nigerian too.

Describe your genre in one word.


Where can I get some of your merchandise?

You can get it online from places like Amazon, iTunes and soon in the states.

Tell me about your new album.

It’s the second album.  It’s titled No Longer at Ease and it has 15 tracks including intros and interludes.  It’s very diverse when it comes to the different types of instruments and sound I use.  There are alot of African Nigerian influence to here and of course hiphop sounds.  I sing in English and also in my traditional language.  I also sing a couple of reggea tracks and some African soul.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Life, Kahlil Gibran, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.

Do you write all your own lyrics?

Yes, I do.

When did you first know you wanted to be a professional musician?

I never knew, even till today, I just love the feeling of having music, music would never betray you or hurt you, just like Bob said, “When it hits you , you feel no pain and there is God within it.”

Do you have any jobs outside of music?

Yes, I used to work in a cinema, cleaning the lavatories.  On the side I also give lessons in Biology and English.

If you could live anywhere else in the world where would you go?

I would live in Shanghai; don’t ask me why.

You seem to travel a lot.  What is the coolest place you have ever visited?

(Thinks) Good question!  As for now, there stil is no place like home; Lagos.

Where do you find inspiration for a new song?

When I feel my spirit, when I feel God’s presense, many times when I am hurt.

If you could meet anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

The human Jesus.

What are your thoughts on the death of Michael Jackson?

He was hurt and sad about the world.  He knew too much, too much about the way humanbeings destroy and devour eachother, mentally , spiritually and physically.  He was aggrieved but a prophet.

Where can I get a copy of your new album?

On iTunes.

Ever thought about cutting your hair?

I have cut it several times.

You have met Mos Def.  What’s he like?

He was a cool guy but I don’t know much about him.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Let’s us leave that to the most high.

What do you want to be remembered for when it’s all said and done?


I always let the artist get the last word.  Go.

Thanks for ur support and love!