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2010 album from the Nigerian-German Hip Hop/Soul singer/songwriter. Concrete Jungle is a collection of songs that put the singer/songwriter at the forefront. The album is an offering of love, hope and optimism dedicated to the people of Warri & the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Holding it all together is the emotional focus of her beautiful voice, located in a place somewhere between yearning and rage.
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  • Audio CD (March 17, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: March 17, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: MASS APPEAL RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0030BOCK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nneka is a soul singer and part time rapper from Nigeria that has been releasing albums and EP's since 2005. I first came across Nneka late last year (November or December) when she released the mixtape Onye-Ala (The Madness). I was quite impressed by the entire mixtape; the style, her voice, the subject matter and lyrics and the guest appearances that were mixed in via DJ. I immediately used the great invention of the internet to find out more about this artist. Apparently she has been releasing albums since 2005 and is somewhat of a star across the ocean. Are we Americans always late on real artists?

Anyway, Nneka's US debut album Concrete Jungle is definitely a great album. While drawing comparisons to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill from the critics, she cites Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) as well as Lauryn Hill as her main sources of inspiration. However it is clear right from the start that Nneka is her own artist and she is already polished and in her own lane. It's safe to say that you won't mistake Nneka for anyone else.

Her voice has a distinct sound and quality that perfectly displays soul and passion. She has a heightened political sense and consciousnes and her songs in general have meaning that will stick with you long after the cd is finished. However in the same vein as a Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu the tone isn't preachy and the music itself is quite endearing and engaging. In my opinion the songs that separate themselves from the pack are The Uncomfortable Truth, Mind vs. Heart, Heartbeat, Suffri, Come With Me and Walking; however, the entire album is a good listen.

I highly recommend Nneka's Concrete Jungle as it is an early candidate for soul album of the year.
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this is the best cd i have purchased in long, unlike whitney and sade, who i worship, i can make it through nneka cd without skipping songs. it's powerful. it makes me want to know about africa. it makes me want to get involved. it makes me nore conscious without being preachy. it's worth the money.
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Nneka is a very talented artist with lots of interesting ideas. If she manages to stay out of the commercial grind I predict she will be hugely wonderful.
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I only purchase music that moves me to the point of obsession. By obsession I mean playing the same song or cd until I know all of the words, pauses, and idiosyncratic inflections of the artist. I bought Concrete Jungle. I obsessed. I know how long Nneka pauses when she sings 'Suffri'. To overuse a term some more, Nneka's music--her sound--is raw. She takes you to places where people sit around and watch cans blow like tumbleweeds. We get the vibe of a place where one match will ignite the very volatile emotions of oppression. What exactly does that sound like? Kind of like the things you have to say but hate that you have to say them. But once you open that door the melody tumbles out....

She's no practiced vocalist, or determined lyricist. She sounds like a girl with shit to say. Like her spiral notebooks are filled with wrinkled pages and dense thoughts. You might nod a little to the hip-hopiness of the beats. But there is a quality that transcends the grittiness, lays a new texture over it. Maybe its her travels. The otherness that comes from living in new places and hearing about struggle in different languages and dialects.

It's not happy music. Nor is it melancholy. It's aware and awake music. With beats you can nod to, lyrics you can relate to, and a touch of 'take me as I am' attitude, Concrete Jungle is a trip you won't soon forget.
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Ever since I heart "Heartbeat," I had high expectations for Nneka and this album. What I love about that song is the unusual rhythm and the hard base that makes up the supporting melody, along with the piano that makes up the main melody. It's a style that I don't hear very often, and I had hoped that the rest of the album would have other similar experimental music styles like that one. I'd heart "Africans" and enjoyed that as well even though it has more of a traditional reggae melody, so I knew the entire album wasn't like "Heartbeat." I purposely avoided listening to other songs to avoid spoiling this album, and I've been greatly anticipating it for the past few weeks.

Now that I have it, I feel like it's a huge let down. It's definitely not a terrible album by any means, Nneka has a great voice and I love the overall message of the album (although I have a slight problem with that as well, which I'll address later). My problem is that no other song is like "Heartbeat" in terms of the sound, it's all more of the same typical hip-hop, R&B, reggae and rock sounds that I've heard a million times before. Again, this doesn't make it bad, just not what I hoped it would be. It's all very catchy and nice to listen to, it's just nothing new to me.

As for the lyrical content, it's great but, again, not what I expected. It's a lot of social commentary about how self-centered and complacent people around the world are (she only mentions Africa, but the same applies to America as well, and other countries I'm sure). That part I expected. What I didn't expect was the constant religious/spiritual references. I know this will piss some people off, but I'm an atheist, so anything religious or spiritual doesn't appeal to me at all.
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