Nneka Releases ‘Soul Is Heavy’ + Remixes, Tour, & Contest

 

Today marks the official US release for Nneka’s third full-length album, Soul Is Heavy. Nothing less than what you’d expect from the Nigerian-German artist – heartfelt music that pushes your buttons and makes you feel more than a little.

Below, you can stream the Digital Mystikz Remix for “My Home” by Coki and the Joe Goddard Remix for “Shining Star.”

It would be a sad sad mistake if you were to miss this lady on tour. Check the tour dates after the jump and be sure to catch her in your city.

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US tour dates after the jump

Video: Nneka – “Shining Star” + Tour Dates

 

As the US release date (February 28th) for Nneka’s third album, Soul Is Heavy nears, we are finding ourselves more and more excited.

This gorgeous video for “Shining Star” is shot at La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands in Spain. The earthy video shows Nneka prancing about the forest in a simple glee, all culminating in a diagram of the planets and stars employing the local plant life.

Tour Dates
3/6: Vancouver @The Biltmore Cabaret
3/7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
3/8: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
3/10: San Francisco, CA @ Red Devil Lounge
3/11: West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
3/13 – 3/17: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Houston, TX @ House Of Blues Bronze Peacock
3/21: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
3/23: Toronto @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club “Canadian Music Week”
3/24: Montreal @ Cabaret du Mile End
3/26: Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
3/27: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
3/28: Philadelpha, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/29: Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe
3/31: Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

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Nneka Gears Up For US Release of ‘Soul Is Heavy’ + Behind The Scenes Videos

 

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Back in September, we posted Nneka’s gripping video for “My Home,” the first single from her latest album, Soul Is Heavy, along with news of the album’s initial release. February 28, 2012 will mark the US release of this incredible work and we are completely juiced to celebrate it once again.

On Soul Is Heavy, the Nigerian singer-songwriter masterfully combines hip hop, reggae, and Afri-pop to paint a sometimes grueling but always honest picture “love, pain, politics and God.” Fans can also look forward to added color from collaborations with Black Thought and Ms. Dynamite on the album.

Above, you will find part one of a four part series taking us behind the scenes for the making of this album. Follow Nneka on the road and in the studio while she and her peers speak on the story of Nneka’s most recent labor of love. Find the rest of the series after the jump!

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View parts 2, 3, and 4 of the ‘Album Making Of’ series after the jump

New Release: Nneka – ‘Soul Is Heavy’ + Video

 

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Nneka just dropped her third album, Soul Is Heavy, yesterday. Recently, she also dropped the video for the first single, “My Home,” which you’ll find above. Enormously heartfelt and raw as always, Nneka brings us more entrancing sounds for us to dance to, get lost to, and reflect upon once again. Looking forward to her U.S. tour, too – she’s amazing live.

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New Music To Look Forward To in 2011

While we plan to keep our ears open for the exciting new projects of 2011, there’s some acts we’ve already declared winners. Here’s a short list gathered from various staff members:

+ Anything Janelle Monáe related
+ the sophomore album from Adele, 21, including “Rolling in the Deep” and studio footage
+ Plan B US debut of live show and The Defamation of Strickland Banks
+ New Nneka
+ Jessie J - Who You Are and everything she does on YouTube
Nikki & Rich to finally release Everything
+ Estelle to release All of Me
Jean GraeCake or Death from Blacksmith Records
Jack Splash – to show us the Future Of The Funk
Wilder Zoby‘s solo EP (snippet)
Little Shalimar album
Melanie FionaThe MF Life
+ more Kinky Notti videos like this, plus a full-length album
Cubik Zirconia album
+ whatever Georgia Anne Muldrow does with Some Otha Ship Connect
Alice Russell & Quantic on Tru-Thoughts
+ wild new dance moves from Rye Rye and her album Go! Pop! Bang!
The Avalanches’ 2nd album (plus all the promo mixtapes they’re going to (re)release)
Induce full-length & remixes
Ellie Goulding to finally release Lights and more remixes
+ the solo return of Marsha Ambrosious, Late Nights & Early Mornings
+ the self-titled debut of Hope
Jamiroquai to return to the US, possibly by helicopter
Laura Izibor
+ more solo work from Q-Tip and definitely more on the film
+ the next installment from Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
+ Lykki Li
+ Talib Kweli
+ Lupe Fiasco obviously
+ for Shawn Lee to open the gates to his World of Funk
+ another heater from Eric Roberson as a follow-up his Grammy-nomination
+ for Mocean Worker to keep us in motion with his next album
+ the debut LP from Dego, the acclaimed Silhouette Brown producer
+ for Ancient Astronauts to embark on a journey Into Bass and Time
+ more from Coco / I Blame Coco with The Constant
+ new album from Toro y Moi
+ and Crookers new album