HIP-HOP LEGEND Nas calls her “amazing” and “an incredible artist.”. The Sunday Times hailed her as the new Lauryn Hill and said her debut album was “as good as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” And in 2015 award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka is back – with a captivating, reggae-tinged fourth album My Fairy Tales.
“I decided to call this project My Fairy Tales as a way of making subject matter that is sometimes quite heavy and bitter sound sweet,” says Nneka. “My previous albums had quite heavy names – like No Longer At Ease and Victim Of Truth. ”
My Fairy Tales, Nneka’s fourth was released through Bushqueen Music and was born while she was studying French and living in Paris. “I’d initially gone for one month but ended up extending my stay for several months,” says Nneka. “While there I met the producer Mounir Maarouf and I just started recording every day after school. It evolved into this project; the Parisian Sessions.” It was recorded and produced in France, Denmark and Nigeria. French producer Mounir Maarouf produced five songs, the Danish Silver Bullit team with Nneka produced two songs and The Slag [aka Martin Nigsch] produced one song.
My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face – focusing on the importance of being responsible towards children as well as the significance of culture, education and identity values. “I wanted to write about this experience in the ” Nneka explains. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land’. but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”
My Fairy Tales has a retro groove appeal to it, with authentic afro-groove highlife blending with roots reggae. In the viral single Book of Job, Nneka sings: “No matter what comes, on my knees I will stay/ I keep beseeching, so let the storms come cos I know that love will conquer everything.”