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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

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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