Double Door Welcomes
Fatbook, DJ Rad Brian (Simmer Down Sunday DJ)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmDouble Door
$12.00 - $15.00
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.doubledoor.com/event/89025/
Her sophomore release was every bit as lush and visionary as her first. A record where brains, beauty and beats collide No Longer At Ease made its mark across Europe and beyond. It's a record that Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill both heard and said: 'I want this girl opening my show!'
It's easy to see what got Lauryn and Lenny so animated. Nneka's music has still got a big splash of Bob Marley in the recipe, a measure of Nina Simone and a lick of Erykah Badu.
But this time around there's more of the best ingredient – Nneka herself. Her first US release, Concrete Jungle is a collection of songs that put the singer/songwriter at the forefront. This 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.
While love, hope and optimism form the bedrock of all Nneka's recorded work, there's a steeliness to her new material, the engagement of a highly developed mind on some of the tough realities of modern politics – both personal and international. It takes no little courage – and insight – to write a song like 'Africans', which tells her people to stop blaming their colonial past for their problems and take responsibility for themselves. To then go back and sing it to packed houses in Nigeria – where the military rule with an iron fist - shows an extraordinary depth and strength of will. But that's just what she did, making a triumphant return to her home country on tour with MTV-Award-winning Nigerian rapper 2-Face.
Yet, like the woman who wrote it, the song 'Africans' is not dry and hectoring – it's a soft and elegant melody, a piece of music that doesn't need to shout but instead seduces. Backed by the production of her longtime collaborator DJ Farhot, whose dubby soundworld she has inhabited since those early demo days in Hamburg, Nneka finds the perfect foil for the raw emotion that she brings to a vocal.
We formed the group at Lawrence University and won back-to-back “Downbeat Awards” from the jazz world’s Downbeat Magazine in 2009 and 2010. The group has been re-rooted in Chicago since then, and has quickly become a recognized force in the Chicago music community. We have been playing with some amazing friends here and adding to the four member core of Harjinder Singh, Evan Jacobson, Reed Flygt, and Ted Toussaint.
Harjinder, Evan, and Reed are music educators in Chicago Public Schools, and are dedicated to bringing youth up within the world of music, dance, and art. Expression is essential for the human soul, and teaching is essential for the human community. We love sharing what we love.
Fatbook has been developing devoted support while playing all over the Midwest- a sold-out New Years Eve 2011 marked the beginning of this new chapter.
The group has appeared at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, SummerFest (the “world’s largest music festival”), The Old Town School of Folk Music ( international series- “World Music Wednesdays”), and shared the stage with international and national acts such as Young Blood Brass Band, Willie-Waldman Project (Snoop Dogg, Banyan, Jane’s Addiction, Santana, and more), Steve Molitz (Playing for Change Band, Particle), Roster McCabe, and Mark Joseph (Down Lo, MJG-Productions).
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