Nneka is a neo-soul singer and guitarist whose songs call out corrupt politicians and villainous oil companies in her native Nigeria. Probably not the quickest route to international pop stardom, but then again, her biography is probably unlike anyone's you've heard. The daughter of a German woman she never really knew and a polygamous architect (her father has had two "official" wives, she says, though she has no idea how many "unofficial" ones), she lived through years of tribal warfare and moved to Hamburg after being forced to flee Nigeria for reasons she won't go into.
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Along the way she dropped a pair of albums in Europe to great acclaim and some chart success, played shows with Gnarls Barkley and Lenny Kravitz, and has now returned home to live in Lagos. Her first American album, Concrete Jungle, a compilation of songs from her previous discs, drops on Feb. 2, and she plays "Late Show with David Letterman" the next night.
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