Coffeehouse Review: Nelly’s Echo

Kelsi Rippberger

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, as a part of the Campus Activities Board’s Winterfest, the College of St. Scholastica hosted Nelly’s Echo at the coffeehouse event in the Student Union with free Dunkin’ Donuts.

Nelly’s Echo is led by guitarist and vocalist, Nelson Emokpae, hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Nelson’s lively voice and relaxed guitar playing set the audience at ease, complimenting his humor and interaction with the audience and felt very personal and genuine.

The atmosphere was cozy and intimate, which only highlighted Nelson Emokpae’s voice which lit up the whole room despite him having a cold. All the listeners remained sitting close to the singer during his entire performance and even interacted with him as he sang, throwing out jokes and stories.

Nelson Emokpae’s sound reflected soul/contemporary singer Jason Mraz, and his message was clear. Music for Emokpae is about changing people’s lives and spreading joy to anyone who listens to him. As he sang songs such as “Hallelujah,” “1000 Broken Hearts,” and “Go to Sleep,” it was evident that he sang from his soul.

The Dunkin’ Donuts might have been sweet, but there was nothing sweeter than seeing human emotion shared between people from all walks of life and good music.