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Nneka 'Soul Is Heavy' + Tour w/ Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew + Contest


Soul Is Heavy, the third full-length from Nneka, builds on the Nigerian chanteuse's blend of hip-hop beats, Lauryn Hill-esque croons and an unmistakably Naija feel. We've been covering this release for a minute now — from our own Okayafrica TV piece with Nneka, to vibing on her stellar Lagos-street clip for "My Home" and her collaboration tracks with Black Thought and Ms. Dynamite.

Nneka's Soul Is Heavy LP is (finally) out now and avaiable for purchase in the US. In its promotion, Nneka will be embarking on a North American tour with Sierra Leone's premiere hip-hop bandits Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew. Grab the album over at iTunes/Amazon and check out the full tour dates below.

In addition, Okayafrica is giving away 2 tickets to the tour's stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Philly. Enter our contest below!

ENTER HERE TO WIN TICKETS TO NNEKA LIVE IN SF, LA, BOSTON, NY AND PHILLY

Nneka North American Tour Dates

Tue 6-Mar Vancouver, BC Biltmore

*Wed 7-Mar Seattle, WA Crocodile Café

*Thu 8-Mar Portland, OR Doug Fir

*Sat 10-Mar San Francisco, CA Red Devil Lounge

*Sun 11-Mar Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

Tue 13-17Mar SXSW, Austin, TX

Sun 18-Mar Houston, TX HOB Bronze Peacock

Wed 21-Mar Chicago, IL Double Door

Fri 23-Mar Toronto, ON Canadian Music Week - Mod

Sat 24-Mar Montreal, QC Cab Mile End

*Mon 26-Mar Boston, MA TT The Bears

*Tue 27-Mar New York, NY Gramercy

*Wed 28-Mar Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's

*Thu 29-Mar Vienna, VA Jammin Java

*Sat 31-Mar Atlanta, GA Vinyl

*w/ Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew

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Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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