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10 p.m. Saturday, February 13. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.



Nneka was born and raised in Nigeria. At age nineteen, she left the African country to attend college in Hamburg, Germany. While studying anthropology, she started making a name for herself as a musician and performer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her U.S. debut album, Concrete Jungle, reflects both her African and European heritage. Hints of funk, reggae, Afrobeat, electro, hip-hop, folk and soul come together like a patchwork quilt, a genre pastiche anchored by Nneka's pure, honeyed voice. (Think a lighthearted Lauryn Hill.) She's opened for the Roots in the past — and so expect great things from this St. Louis show at the intimate Gramophone. Black Spade opens.