Posted by Jess Watt on August 12, 2010 12:35 PM
Making her debut Canadian performance at a sweaty soldout show at Toronto's infamous El Mocambo earlier this week, 28 year old Nneka brought the house down. Having freshly come off the touring Lilith Fair and with a stop at Lollapalooza, North America is finally waking up to Nneka.
Backed by her 5 piece band, the Nigerian born, Deutschland raised, sang about among other things, corruption, bribery and injustice. After successfully covering fellow Nigerian and legend, Fela Kuti's VIP-Vagabounds in Power, accompianed by a hauntingly sing-a-long with the crowd of diverse urbanites, the performance took an unexpected turn. In a likely mix of both heat exhaustion and a lull in the show the room grew a little less packed and the bar louder. A minor intermission perhaps? No, just a bit of a breather for everyone in attendance, including the band.
Things picked up with some Marley-esque guitar riffs and the soulful voice of Nneka once again filled the room. Nneka closed out the show with a towel on her head, looking like she just came out of the shower, that shower being the wave of humidity currently filling Toronto's summer. A resurgennce of the crowd greeted the singer as she whispered the first few lines of Heartbeat, the infectious single off her third release, Concrete Jungle. And again, the club was hers.
Be sure to check out her myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/nnekaworld
Words & Photos by Jess Watt