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Nneka to Join Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley On Tour
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Thursday, April 1st, 2010 at 2:40PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



For Immediate Release                                                                        March 30, 2010

 

NNEKA JOINS DISTANT RELATIVES TOUR

Nigerian-born singer-songwriter to hit the road with Nas

and Damian Marley starting May 22nd

  


New York – Fresh off of the release of her first US album debut Concrete Jungle, Nneka has been announced as the support act for the historic Distant Relatives Tour with Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley hitting the road May 2010. The tour will stop in major cities across the country in support of their Distant Relatives album, which is a celebration of not only to the bond between the two artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Nneka is deeply influenced by her roots. The political and social states of her home country are often prevalent in her music and live performances. It is this message of awareness, hope and love that made her a perfect fit for a collaboration with Nas and Damian Marley, both legendary artists and personal influences of Nneka’s. “With this tour,” Nneka explains, “we represent the fact that we are all connected to one another, all part of one entity and one source – which is love.”

The tour extends Nneka’s highly successful introduction to the United States, having been heralded by the likes of Spin, Rolling Stone, and Billboard, among others as the next “it” artist of 2010. Her stunning performance of “Heartbeat” on the Late Show with David Letterman left fans enthralled, and Perez Hilton has proclaimed her music to be “a gift to the world.” More recently, the critical acclaim piqued the interest of national retailer Whole Foods, who is now carrying her album as part of their “Artist Discovery” program.

And this is just the beginning. The Distant Relatives Tour is just the next chapter in Nneka’s ongoing crusade to spread the message of unconditional love to a family of fans across the globe. With lyrics like “come let us be truthful, surrender our pride / admit the stains on our, our chest our hands / we seek, we find” she reminds us that as a global community we are responsible, and further inspires us that we are all indeed, distant relatives.

Concrete Jungle is in stores now on Epic/Decon.

Nneka will be on the following dates of the Distant Relatives Tour:

May 22nd        Eugene, OR                    Cuthbert Amphitheater

May 23rd        Seattle, WA                     Showbox Sodo

May 25th        Oakland, CA                    Fox Theater

May 26th        Santa Barbara, CA           University of California, Santa Barbara

May 28th        Los Angeles, CA              The Wiltern

May 29th        Las Vegas, NV                 The Joint

May 30th        Valley Center, CA             Harrah's Rincon - Open Sky Theater           

May 31st        Los Angeles, CA               UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival           

June 2nd        Santa Fe, NM                    Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre           

June 8th        Houston, TX                       House of Blues           

June 9th         Austin, TX                         Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater           

June 11th        Manchester, TN                Bonnaroo Music Festival           

June 12th        Atlanta, GA                      Tabernacle           

June 13th        Lake Buena Vista, FL        House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL



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