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Nnenna says her visit not just about singing

nnennaMASERU — Internationally acclaimed American singer, songwriter, composer and arranger Nnenna Freelon told XpressPeople this week that she is looking forward to her performance to be at Maseru Sun Cabanas this coming Friday.

“I am personally honoured and thrilled to be asked to rock Lesotho for the King.

“It will be my first time in the mountain Kingdom and I am looking forward to learning more about its people, their culture and music.”

This six-time Grammy award nominee will perform for King Letsie III, his distinguished guests and other Jazz lovers at a show dubbed A Night With the King.

It is a black tie gala dinner concert basically intended to raise funds for the refurbishment of Scott Hospital’s infrastructure where the King was born.

Born in Massachusetts 59 years ago, Nnenna has made a name for herself, performing alongside the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Anita Baker.

Her voice and stagecraft are described as those that rivet the audience’s attention.

Inspired by Stevie Wonder, she puts her music on the level of class without any imitations or clichés.

Her band on that note simply adjusts to her voice to give the music a softer, smooth touch with harmonious cohesion.

“I will be tagging along my three-piece band: Brandon McCune on the piano, Wayne Batchelor on the Bass and Adonis Rose the drummer.

This is my A-team which I have recorded my last several albums with.

“As our way of celebrating the opportunity to connect with Basotho through music, we will perform some of our most popular songs as well as a few holiday songs related to Christmas which is at hand.

“Basotho should be rest assured that our live performance is highly energetic, so we are going to dance,” she stated.

Freelon further told the newspaper that this will also serve as a business trip.

“I am producing and starting a new project which is Clothesline Muse so I will be mingling with Basotho women to find out how their fashion trends relate to those of Clothesline.

“I will be accompanied by my daughter Maya Freelon Asante, a visual artiste at heart, who will be hosting several workshops with local youth during our five-day stay in Lesotho.”

The charity event is organised by Standard Lesotho Bank, Metropolitan Lesotho, Lets’eng Diamonds and LNDC.


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