It's been three years since the release of Soul is Heavy, and, understandably, Nneka has plenty to say. Following some stunning collaborations with artists like Cobe Obeah and Blitz the Ambassador, the Nigerian songstress began the new year with a return to the solo scene, announcing her fifth studio release, My Fairy Tales. The reggae-tinged inspiration song "Book of Job" served as the first tease, followed by the upbeat ballad, "My Love, My Love."
With production credits by Mounir Maarouf, Silver Bullit and The Slag, the nine-track album is very personal for the artist, as it is the first independent release on her own Bushqueen Music label. Nneka elaborates in a recent interview by stating, "...it's an independent project that I’m releasing on my record label. It has only nine songs on it, so I describe it as a project as opposed to a whole album. Musically it’s different because I wanted to create a sound that would appeal to Africans in the diaspora and also back home. So there are reggae influences as well as Afrobeats and hi-life. Lyrically, it’s conscious, it’s empowering and it’s motivating; discussing political issues, as well as issues that affect us on a day-to-day basis.”
Following the March release of My Fairy Tales, Nneka has been touring across continents in support of the project. Starting in June, she'll begin her North American tour with dates in the United States and Canada. German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel shared an amazing interview and concert trailer to whet our appetites for Nneka's energetic live shows. Watch the video below, then scroll down and check out the currently scheduled tour dates. Be sure to follow Nneka on Facebook or Twitter for updates on additional stops that haven't been announced yet. My Fairy Tales is currently available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon.
Nneka 2015 North American tour dates:
June 2 - Seattle, WA - Nectar
June 4 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
June 5 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
June 10 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
June 13 - St. Louis, MO - Duck Room
June 14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
June 16 - Toronto, ON - Tattoo
June 19 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
June 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy
June 21 - Washington, DC - Jammin Java
June 23 - New York, NY - TBD