Yo Mama’s Recording Company
Released March 29
It seems a star was born when Nneka left Nigeria for Germany clad with skills and hip hop crusted reggae grooves that would see her pick up a MOBO through the back door, reach Radio 1’s A-List and soak up lavish plaudits on Letterman from an ever growing US fan base.
‘Walking’ is the second single to be taken from her critically acclaimed second album, ‘No Longer At Ease’, and reflects on (in her own words) “the Exodus, the movement of God’s people.” It’s a strong theme with Nneka, and her second album is riddled with religion but also displays her Nigerian roots and her experiences in Germany with an undying intensity, something that isn’t lost on ‘Walking’.
The song’s frame is built around a Curtis Mayfield sample from ‘Um Um Um Um’ (of Major Lance fame) and Nneka’s natural vocal rhyme circles the mellow beat with an incandescent smile, raining with dance floor sensibilities.