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Singer brings big screen talent to ASU

Nigeria native excited to play in San Angelo

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, January 18, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 15:01


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Nelly’s Echo will give a free performance for students on Friday, Jan. 25, in the Plaza Verde Commons Area from 7 to 9 p.m., and the event will be the first to be hosted by University Center Programming Council in that facility.

UCPC will host the event as one of its “Date Nights.”

Event Coordinator Allen Bennet said the event is not just a date night for couples.

“A lot of students don’t like to go out and party, so it’s just another alternative for them to do something on a Friday night and just kind of hang out and kick back,” Bennet said.

Fellow Event Coordinator, Alex Bryant said the event will be a great way for reserved students to get out and meet new people.

“We’re trying to give people a fun experience to come and join so they don’t feel that there’s nothing to do,” Bryant said.

Lead singer Nelson Emokpae formed Nelly’s Echo in early 2007.

Nelly’s Echo has been featured on the third season of The Voice alongside pop stars such as Christina Aguilera, who was Emokpae’s coach, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Billy Joel of Green Day.

“My experience on The Voice was an amazing experience,” Emokpae said, “It was definitely a rush and a growing up experience.”

Nelly’s Echo has shared the stage with Trombone Shorty, Travie McCoy, and Sean Kingston, performed at hundreds of colleges, and entertained for troops in Cuba.

Emokpae is from Nigeria in West Africa and came to America as a refugee in 1996 but hopes to return to Nigeria and help people who are impoverished build their own homes and schools so that children there can have hope and an outlet to express themselves.

“Everyone is born with a certain amount of talents and measure of dreams and admirations,” Emokpae said, “You need to surround yourself with people who will reinforce those dreams.”

Nelly’s Echo has never played in San Angelo but is excited to experience a new place, new culture, and see the campus.

Senior Casey Williamson is excited about attending the performance on Friday night.

“I can’t wait to see him perform after watching him on The Voice,” Williamson said, “It’s going to be a great show and I’m excited.”

The event is free to students and faculty, and pastries will be provided.

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