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Lopa Kothari

Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, including Nigerian-German soul with a session by Nneka. Her music addresses colonialism, corruption and religion.

Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, including Nigerian-German soul with a session by Nneka. Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, she was educated in both countries and qualified as an anthropologist. She's had mainstream chart success but doesn't shy away from difficult subjects such as colonialism in Africa, corruption and religion.

Since 2003 Nneka has been working closely with the hip hop beatmaker DJ Farhot, a producer living in Hamburg. As a young singer she first gained public attention in 2004 while performing as an opening act for dancehall reggae star Sean Paul at Hamburg Stadtpark.
She finished recording her first album in the autumn of 2005. Entitled 'Victim of Truth', it was released not only in Germany but also in England, France, Netherlands, Nigeria and Japan. The UK's Sunday Times later declared it "the year's most criminally overlooked album".
Following the release of the album, Nneka enjoyed a sustained and successful period of touring, performing at festivals such as Chiemsee Reggae Summer, Haarlem (BevrijdingsPop), Den Haag (Park Pop) and Saint-Brieuc (Art Rock Festival) as well as in respected venues like La Maroquinerie and New Morning in Paris, Tivoli in Utrecht, Paradiso in Amsterdam and Cargo and ULU in London. She has also supported artists such as Femi Kuti, Bilal, Seeed, and Gnarls Barkley.
In February 2008 she released her second album, 'No Longer at Ease'. The lead single from it, 'Heartbeat', became her first song to break into the German Top 50. In September 2009, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty.
She also supported Lenny Kravitz on his French tour in 2009.
She recorded a song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa called "Viva Africa".

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 20 Aug 2010 23:30

Music Played

  • Uppers International

    Dankasa

    • Afro-Beat Airways.
    • 2010 CD Analog Africa AACD 068 (3:34).
  • Grupo Fantasma

    Montanozo

    Composer: Greg Gonzalez, Rodolfo ‘Kino’ Esparza, Jose Galeano

    • El Existential.
    • 2010 CD Nat Geo Music NGM 006 (3:55).
  • Brouwnout

    Con el Cuete

    Composer: Adrian Quesada

    • Aguilas and Cobras.
    • 2009 CD Six Degrees 657036 1162-2 (3:53).
  • Nadeah

    Odile

    Composer: Nadeah Miranda

    • Nadeah.
    • 2010 CD Fip (3:45).
  • Caravan Palace

    Jolie Coquine

    Composer: Payen, Blas, Femandez Velasco

    • Fiesta des Suds.
    • Promo CD (3:44).
  • Studio Session

    • Nneka

      New Song

      Performers: Nneka Egbuna (vocals) Jonas da Silva Pinheiro (Guitarist)

      • BBC Recording, 2010 (5:32).
    • Nneka

      Come With Me

      Performers: Nneka Egbuna (vocals) Jonas da Silva Pinheiro (Guitarist)

      • BBC Recording, 2010 (6:09).
  • Fatima Tachtoukt

    Tamazight Ayemmi

    • Fatima Tachtoukt.
    • Promo CD (4:30).
  • Desert Rebel

    Yangogo – Iksenadou Oussouf Bastickne'Tarha

    Composer: Abdallah Oumbadougou, Sally Niolo, Daniel Jamet (arr)

    • Desert Rebel.
    • 2006 CD Original Dub Master ODM07820 (7:00).
  • Studio Session

    • Nneka

      Suffri

      Performers: Nneka Egbuna (vocals) Jonas da Silva Pinheiro (Guitarist)

      • BBC Recording, 2010 (4:44).
    • Nneka

      Lost Souls

      Performers: Nneka Egbuna (vocals) Jonas da Silva Pinheiro (Guitarist)

      • BBC Recording, 2010 (4:13).
  • Dausake

    Grassroot Laef

    Composer: Jerry Sampson, Dausake

    • Grassroot Laef.
    • Promo CD Vanuta Productions (5:16).
  • Hedzoleh

    Mo oso obu naa

    • Hedzoleh Soundz.
    • 2010 CD Sound Way SNDWCD019 (3:14).
  • Manu Dibango

    Reggae Makossa

    Composer: Manu Dibango

    • Choc‘n Soul.
    • 2010 CD Fremeaux FA523 (6:32).
  • Alina Orlova

    Vaiduokliai

    • Laukinis suo Dingo.
    • 2010 CD Fargo FR21204 (2:33).
  • Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

    Rammed Earth

    Composer: Nancy Kerr, James Fagan

    • Twice Reflected Sun.
    • 2010 CD Navigator Records NAVIGATOR041 (3:02).
  • Lepistö & Lehti

    Muistelo

    Composer: Pekka Lehti

    • Helsinki.
    • 2008 CD Aito Records AICDO12 (2:49).

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