The singer Neema Nekesa is the first artist to be featured in Unjudged. The Amsterdam-based but Addis Ababa-born artist is part of the new generation R&B forces hailing from the famous Dutch city. Her songs have an unmatched calmness and are taken to a higher level by her astonishing voice, which is the star of every single one of her songs. Neema Nekesa feels unjudged in OBA, Amsterdam’s public library.
“My story is one of a smile and a tear,” she tells us because 26 years ago Neema Nekesa was abandoned by her biological parents. She speaks of fortune when she refers to being adopted in 1995. Such things come with unlimited gratitude, right? On the contrary, it can be painful not knowing her real name or actual date of birth. Music is her safe space where she leaves the pain. Where she speaks about feeling like a stranger. And where she feels the strongest.