I've gotta hope that all those people who will be lining up to watch Erykah Badu this afternoon made it a point to arrive at the fest early enough to catch up-and-comer Nneka perform on the Parkways Foundation stage. The Nigerian artist may not quite have the stage presence (or appetite for controversy) that Badu does, but the talent and passion are certainly there.
During the short set, Nneka offered a reggae-inflected version of breakout single "The Uncomfortable Truth," telling everyone what her idea of "love" really is. After the song, she revealed that that emotion is the inspiration for everything she does -- and asked the crowd to send some back her way during her next trip to Chicago. Corny, perhaps, but it came off as pretty genuine. In any case, the slowed-down "Heartbeat" likely made even the most jaded audience members feel some kind of real emotion.