Behind-The-Scenes At Nneka's Okay Acoustic Session

Browse through a gallery of pictures from Nneka's Okay Acoustic session in Brooklyn Bridge Park, shot by photographer Oluwaseye.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Nneka recently linked up with Okayafrica TV to play a stripped-down version of "Shining Star" on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photographer Oluwaseye was present during the shoot, which saw Nneka performing in front of Tom Fruin’s colorful plexiglass Kolonihavehus installation, to snap some striking behind-the-scenes pictures of the singer. Watch the resulting performance of "Shining Star," a song about "being hopeful regardless of what’s happening around your environment" for Okay Acoustic below and view Oluwaseye's photos in the gallery above.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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