Nelida Karr (Born in Malabo in 1990) is the current musical revelation of the rhythms of Equatorial Guinea. The singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarrist and percussionist comes from a small piece of land pertaining to the Bubi ethnic group. Surrounded by a family of musicians, Nelida is the daughter of producer and singer Samuel Karr. Nelida grew up to the sound of the Bubi music, religious songs and Equatorial Guinean rhythms like Katya, the kotto and bonko that feature in her songs. By drawing from several musical sources from the only Spanish-speaking African country, it is not surprising that some sounds coming from Spain were a constant fixture in her childhood. But beyond the Spanish cultural heritage, Nelida’s musical roots are found in African Equatorial Guinea.
Her style is defined as an all-encompassing and proud influence of her traditions; which she mixes with rhythms from genres all around the world including jazz, blues, soul, gospel and melodies that reach the heart and soul of those listening. Her sound is marked by the tone of a heartfelt voice, crude with traditional influences.
The recognition of Nelida Karr by ICEF Malabo, who released her debut album, Ewerawera in 2010 dates back to 2007, when the Spanish Cultural Centre of Malabo awarded her the first prize of the Spanish song Contest. Since then Nelida has been able to work around the stages of various festivals, concerts and tours in Africa, Europe and Latin America. The year 2014 began with a new name that featured in the discography of some of the most prestigious media associated with African sounds. The first issue of “The Africa Report” quoted Nelida Karr as one of six people to watch out for in Central Africa, and as one of the top ten in the RFI Découvert 2013 Finalist Awards.
With the release of her second album Batobiera (2013), Nelida has acquired a prominent place in the new pool of emerging talent from Africa. Nelida sings in Spanish, French and English and several languages of her country with no language barrier. Many, her included, consider her music as “revitalizing”.
Nelida Karr: Vocals, acoustic guitar, ngoma, cello & piano.
Manuel Eyama: Percussion, nku, dembe & maraccas.
Junior Berdy: Bass & chorus.
Max Donald: Keyboard & chorus.
Elvis-Bob: Electric & acoustic guitars, chorus.