DUCTH SINGER-songwriter Nana Adjoa returns with Throw Stones, another track from her highly anticipated debut album which is due for release this fall.
Talking about the meaning behind Throw Stones Nana explains: “is about me calming myself down in difficult times.”
she adds: “To feel, regroup, and reflect. If you need that right now, to feel it to embrace it and slowly heal, you can listen to this song and count to 10. You don’t always have to be ‘on’, you are allowed to take time, to rest and come back feeling refreshed, better and stronger.
“I hope this song gives you pause, time to breathe…”
Written and recorded in her own studio, Throw Stones sees Nana handling the majority of the instrumentation herself, using a wide palette of instruments.
A process that helped her to develop a multi-layered sound, rich in tonal textures, which is as intimate as expansive.
A skilled multi-instrumentalist and trained jazz player, Adjoa joined her first band as a teenager, choosing to play bass because, ‘every other instrument had been claimed’.
It was a lucky twist of fate, unbeknown to the musician, her mother had once been the bassist in a Ghanaian Highlife band and happened to have her instrument.
Accepted to study jazz (electric bass and double bass) at the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatory, Nana traded the restrictions of a structured curriculum for the free-flow of her own compositions. Since her debut in 2017 – the vulnerable EP Down at the Root (Pt. 1) – she has been praised for her sonic explorations and effortless lyrical poetry.
Her second EP, Down at the Root (Pt. 2) and the Stereogum-approved A Tale So Familiar, increased support from international press and influential radio stations.
Making her USA live debut in 2018, Adjoa played a series of headline shows as part of a worldwide Communion residency, as well as performing on some of the European largest festival stages.
Born in Amsterdam to a Dutch mother and a Ghanaian father, Nanas poignant lyricism tackles complicated questions of race, gender, religion, and sexuality, Nana often meditates on the meaning and make-up of one’s identity.
Throw Stones is a testimony to Nana Adjoas bold approach to songwriting, deft poeticism and fierce sense of musicianship.