Dec 01

RINI + Nnena + SAFE


Nnena, SAFE,
Union Stage All Ages
Doors 7PM | Show 8PM

About the event


Since the inception of his musical career, RINI has been endowed with this unique responsibility to share his truth. The Melbourne-raised artist speaks directly to listeners while wearing his heart on his sleeve, relinquishing control of his emotions in a way that has a liberating effect on people. Being vulnerable is a heavy cross for RINI to bear but the end result has proven to be cathartic for his creativity, equipping the genre-defying R&B singer with something real to say: “I just want to take my time with songs,” he avows. In 2021, RINI unveiled his 12-track debut album Constellations, an ambient collection of sounds that explore the nuances of love, which garnered praise from media outlets like Complex, Rated R&B, and UPROXX – the latter describing his project as, “an out-of-this-world touch to RINI’s music, offering a beautiful love story that any hopeless romantic would die for even though it seems far too good to be true.”

Through a sultry falsetto and soul-stirring voice that’s universally embraced, the 24-year-old songbird revealed an emotional depth in his songwriting that doesn’t feel out of place. His creative process is fluid and impassioned, turning small, mundane details into romantic neo-soul fantasies. Now, after emerging as a remarkable new talent poised to thrive in today’s R&B landscape, RINI is laser focused on continuing to push the boundaries of modern music with his unique style, accumulating over 376M streams across platforms while averaging 2.2M monthly listeners on Spotify to date. Over the years, RINI became emboldened by the discovery that music can shape the world around him. From relocating out West to acclimating himself to the fast-paced lifestyle, this stage of his career has been about growth and self-discovery. As we see him today, RINI is ready to showcase a new side of his artistry with UltraViolet, his sophomore EP arriving this Fall. “[UltraViolet] comes from a different place, of different influence,” says RINI. “It’s bolder, more upfront and a more dauntless version of RINI that translates into the sound of the EP. I’ve taken a different approach sonically and I could say that I’m taking a risk with some of the songs simply because it’s different to the usual vibe that you would expect to hear from me but that’s really the whole point of it. UltraViolet is the product of this.” UltraViolet is a pivot from the narrative introduced with RINI’s debut album, unearthing another side of his artistry that mirrors the changes he’s experienced since the pandemic. Unlike anything he’s released before, this project sets the tone for a new chapter in his sonics – one that is confident and courageous.


The Cleveland native rapper, born Nnena Adigwe to Nigerian parents, never imagined herself having a career in music, but she’s not new to creative pursuits. Nnena credits some of her robust, descriptive storytelling impulses to her past screenwriting experience. A former basketball player, Nnena began writing comedic sketches during her college years. That soon led to working on more full-fledged projects—the kinds of works that needed soundtracking. Rather than pay exorbitant licensing fees, she tried her hand at making her own music. It’s this drive and originality that caught the attention of Loud Robot in 2019, soon after becoming the first signee in a Loud Robot/RCA 2020 venture.

2021 saw Nnena’s fan base grow rapidly, with a couple of key syncs in HBO’s INSECURE, a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, an NPR Tiny Desk Performance, and was Spotify’s January EQUAL artist of the month, highlighting the next generation of female performers. Nnenawill release the first single off her debut album, November 29th. The song, “PMTWGR” is an anthem for women encouraging them to step back and remember their power and necessity in the world.

At the core of her songwriting is a commitment to honesty—even when it’s hard, inconvenient, or just plain awkward. There’s a pretty straightforward explanation for that: “People like to sugar coat shit. I’m a blunt bitch,” she says with a laugh. But there’s a purpose to Nnena’s brazenness: “I’m trying to make you feel like shit is okay,” she adds. Nnena’s music reflects her eclectic influences. She remembers her father introducing her to powerful music across a range of styles: “Growing up, my dad would play everything—I’m talking about country, that rock shit, anything. I got a little old ear,” she says with a laugh. Joking aside, Nnena hopes to send at least one important message through her music: “I don’t want other girls to feel alone.”

This show is at Union Stage

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740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024