Afro fusion star Eric Wainaina has been selected to headline the upcoming Africa Unites live concert in Johannesburg. Nigerian Asa and Legendary Lucky Dube’s daughter, Nkulee will join Eric on stage in a concert slotted for September 9. Eric will showcase the best of his hits from his album Sawa Sawa like Twende, Twende a collaboration with Zimbabwean musician, Oliver Mtukudzi among others.
Nkulee is the daughter of Africa’s late, great reggae master, Lucky Dube – but she’s not letting the pressure of following in her father’s gigantic footsteps put her off from fulfilling the musical promise she’s shown since a young age. Signed to Native Rhythms, Nkulee’s album My Way is earning this young artist a devoted following for her fusion of ethno-soul, jazz and ethno-reggae.
Asa will be heading to South Africa after performing at Back2Black, an African roots, music and cultural heritage festival that takes place annually in Brazil. Following her Africa Unites show, this in-demand live performer heads for several dates in Japan. Over the past few years, Lagos-born Asa has gained increasing popularity for her eclectic fusion of pop, R&B, reggae, funk, soul and world music – best heard on her self-titled debut album (featuring the hits “Jailer” and “Fire In The Mountain”) and the follow-up Beautiful Imperfection. The 2011 Joburg Arts Alive International Festival is a project of the City of Joburg, and is produced by Zanusi Brand Solutions.