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Bare Soul Pt.4: Nneka 'My Home' (Live Acoustic)

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We caught Nigerian chanteuse Nneka at Cielo in NYC, where she performed an intimate acoustic set of standouts from Soul Is Heavy — grab the album at Decon. Nneka closed the show with a beautiful rendering of "My Home" (above). This is the last in a four-part Bare Soul series brought to you by Okayafrica and Decon. Below are her alluring versions of “Shining Star,” "Do You Love Me Now?," and "Camouflage."

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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