Adama

Adama

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Adama’s music is a rich, smoky blend of jazz infused pop songs with Nigerian and Middle Eastern tones. “Delicate Dragon” is a stellar album from this British-Nigerian singer-songwriter from London, England.

Biography

**NEWS HIGHLIGHTS**

Adama's album 'Delicate Dragon' is released nationwide May 20th 2008 (4Dpeople/Burnside Distribution).

Adama co-writes and performs three songs with Peter Buck (R.E.M) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) on their Tuatara release 'West of the Moon'.

Adama tours the US with Starbuck's sensation CéU, playing venues and cities such as Los Angeles El Rey Theatre and New York's Highline Ballroom.

**BIO**
British-Nigerian singer-songwriter Adama has been dreaming her songs ever since she was a small child. She still vividly recalls her first dream, one in which she was a conductor, dressed in black tie and tails, exquisitely attuned to each part that each section of the orchestra was playing.

Born to a Cornish father and a Nigerian mother who met while her dad was on a job assignment in Nigeria, Adama spent her formative years living in the often violent and racist environment of a council estate (public housing to Americans) on the outskirts of London. A child of divorced parents with little money to go around, Adama's musical dreams were the vibrant expression of a bright little girl seeking a way out.

Adama remembers annual trips to visit her grandparents in Cornwall as the 'best time of my life'. Her grandfather had an old upright Bentley piano that Adama willed herself to master. There was no money for formal lessons but, seeing her dedication to learning the instrument, her grandparents had the piano delivered to her in London as a surprise present.

With the same passion she had for music, the teen-aged Adama threw herself into martial arts training. She quickly became the Kung Fu champion of the UK (specializing in weapons) and represented her country in an international championship competition in Hong Kong. Adama entered college to study art and fashion design and easily slid into a stint as a model, gracing the covers of many of Britain's fashion magazines.

But Adama found herself drawn more and more to the world of music. She felt an unquenchable thirst to compose so she bought a guitar on time and learned a few chords. She dove into London's music scene with the enthusiasm of a devoted fan, ingratiating herself with an inner circle comprised of the city's hottest musicians. Adama continued to dream fully arranged and orchestrated pop songs that she struggled to set down, given her self-taught musical education. Finally, her friend Madonna/Björk-producer Guy Sigsworth showed her how to program each part on a Yamaha QY70, the machine that Björk was using at the time. This proved to be the much sought-after key to bringing the music of the indefatigable young artist's dreams to life.

She quit college and modeling and spent three years figuring out her music. The full-blown arrangements and story lines that Adama had been dreaming her whole life took shape as eloquent pop songs with unforgettable melodies, sophisticated chord structures and inspiring lyrics. The A&R folks began to take notice. After a major label flurry, Adama settled down with Dreamworks. Then Dreamworks folded.

The agony of the limbo Adama found herself in as the fate of her contract was resolved was one of the blackest periods in her life. As might be imagined, the dreams dried up. A mutual friend, concerned about Adama's state of mind, asked the singer Jennifer Warnes ('Up Where We Belong', 'I Had The Time Of My Life/Dirty Dancing Theme'?) to give her a call.

"I don't know who you are. I don't know if you're pretty or you're not. I don't know if you can sing or you can't. But one thing I will tell you - don't wait for a record company to make things happen for you. You've got to do it yourself. Put up your website, record your own records, connect with your fans," was the unemotional advice that Warnes had for Adama. This was the figurative - and redemptive - slap in the face that set Adama down the path of creating her debut album Delicate Dragon.

Producer/A&R Gili Wiseburgh was just finishing up his work with Sigsworth and Imogen Heap on the Frou Frou album and presented Adama with a bold proposal - to sign to the label 4Dpeople Records and record in Israel where Wiseburgh had built a studio near the Dead Sea. Adama spent the next year and a half recording her album there. Together they painted her songs into a sound that blended electronic music with strong live musical performances. In the course of the recording, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was recruited to perform on a number of tracks. A huge fan of Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley, Adama contacted Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and Mad Season (another group Staley played with) for permission to use a bass line from the opening track from the Mad Season album. Not only did Martin oblige; he flew all the way to Israel to play on the track himself. Adama returned the favor by subsequently co-writing and performing with Martin and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) on their forthcoming Tuatara project release.

In summer

Lyrics

Delicate Dragon

Written By: Adama & Gili Wiseburgh

I do not miss the moment for you
I will not pass opportunity by for you
Generally speaking
I'm as centered as can be
Flying higher than a plane
Rooted deeper than a tree

Yet when I take a closer look within me, yeah
At the animal who lives within my heart
I embrace this delicate dragon
Fire breathing creature of truth, oh yeah
I behold my fragile find

My life, my mind, my heart, my soul
Is oh so haunted
By my love for you
My life, my mind, my heart, my soul
Is oh so haunted
By my love for you

Reversed:
(Gonna take myself where I belong)
(Giving up myself I'd better be wrong)

I do not rest my world upon you
I will not hold any expectation from you
Yet I have this feeling
And it will not let me be
Burning brighter than a flame
Sinking deeper than the sea

Yet when I search the territory in me, yeah
At the empty trail you trod within my heart
I embrace this delicate dragon
Fire breathing creature of truth, oh yeah
I behold my fragile find

My life, my mind, my heart, my soul
Is oh so haunted
By my love for you
My life, my mind, my heart, my soul
Is oh so haunted
By my love for you

My life, my mind, my heart, my soul
Is oh so haunted
By my love for you
My life, my mind, my heart, my soul
Is oh so haunted
By my love for you

Show Me The Exit

Written By: Adama & Gili Wiseburgh

There is so much happening
I hear stuff every day
And it gets on top of me
In a merciless way
In life's auditorium
I am bored of the film
Show me the exit
'Cause there is more to life than this

Rude awakening
That is breaking the spell
Can't ignore this state I'm in
I learned that lesson well
And in my life's pantomine
I am bored of the play
Show me the exit
'Cause there is more to life than this

How can that be
I am tired, I'm bored of the film
Now I can see
Oh, show me the exit now
(repeat)

I will do my little thing
In my own special way
And I'll brighten everything
On the dull of my day
It's my time to realise
I am bored of the grey
Show me the exit
'Cause there is more to life than this

There goes another day
That I'm wasting away
And my time's in jeopardy
As I stall on my way
And on my life's paradise
I have nothing to say
Show me the exit
'Cause there is more to life than this

How can that be
I am tired, I'm bored of the film
Now I can see
Oh, show me the exit now
(repeat)

It is my time to chill
Someone bring me the bill
No more wasting away
On the wrong holiday
I'm checking out today
Out welcomed my stay
Show me the exit yeah -yeah
There's more to my life than this

How can that be
I am tired, I'm bored of the film
Now I can see
Oh, show me the exit now
(repeat)

The Moment

Written By: Adama

The ultimate test is now
And I'm gonna learn somehow
I must keep it together
I know it's now or never
I recognise my voice in this crowd
I don't have to make it loud
I'm loving all this healing
I'm savoring this feeling for me yeah

(chorus)
Of all the goals I'm running after � oh yeah
There's nothing like overcoming fear
Of all the roads that I have traveled � oh yeah
There's nothing like the moment right here
Of all my hopes and aspirations � oh yeah
This love I have inside my heart
I want so much to share it � oh yeah

I've come to the point in this time
And I'm gonna make it mine
Another way of living
I'm flowing as I'm giving
I recognise my force and it's mad
There's no stopping now I have my inspiration
So I'm using this elation
Feel my elevation, yeah

(chorus)
Of all the goals I'm running after � oh yeah
There's nothing like overcoming fear
Of all the roads that I have traveled � oh yeah
There's nothing like the moment right here
The time has come for one to wonder � oh yeah
This joy I have inside my soul
I want so much to share it � oh yeah

(repeat chorus)

Take Me Home

Written By: Adama

Oooh, I've been running all my life
Ooo-ooh, not knowing where to go, oh no
Oooh, I can make it on my own
Ooo-ooh, but little did I know
That you would come and take my heart
And make me feel this soul connection
A refugee of love, I am
You take me in, now I can rest now

(Chorus)
Oooh, I'm a wounded soldier, this road I'm running on
Oooh, leads me back to no, back to nowhere
Oooh, now this war is over, and I'm depending on you
Lead me back to love, back to all the stars above
Take me home now

Oh, no, no, no
I do not expect for you to understand my case
That's just for me to know, o-oh
O-o-oooh, I can tell you my story and let you share in my history
I'm letting go, yet I didn't know
That you would come and dress my wounds
And make me feel, this love
I know we're meant to be
You rescued me and healed my pain
Now that I can love again

(repeat chorus)

Lead me back to love
(Back to love)
Back to all those stars above
(And back to all those stars above)
Make me feel I've made my peace
(take me home)
All this hurt I will release
Take me home now

Lead me back to love take me home now
(repeat)

Making Way

Written By: Adama & Gili Wiseburgh

In my city
In my internal town
The tallest buildings are crumbling down
Down to the ground
Silent without a sound
Paving the way for better to come

Oh, I'm making way for a new vibration
Oh, another day
Oh, I'm making way for a new vibration
Oh, another way

It's time to change
My chance to rearrange
All that is new feels ever so strange
And now I am free
Now I will let me be
Now everything will happen for me

Oh, I'm making way for a new vibration
Oh, another day
Oh, I'm making way for a new vibration
Oh, another way

I plant a seed
I watch it grow
I'm nurturing
All that I sow
Into the soil
Of pure love
I'm letting go
I'm making the way
(repeat)

Oh, I'm making way for a new vibration
Oh, another day
Oh, I'm making way for a new vibration
Oh, another way
(repeat)

Time To Move On

Written By: Adama

I'm on my way
I'm replacing my roots
Leaving today
I'm lacing my boots
Leaving my family
Reaching my destiny
I've made up my mind
To leave the past behind

(Chorus)
Another place, another town
Another scene, another vibration
Another place, yeah,
Another time
Another vibe for me
It's time to move on

I know it's something I must do
Taking a new step in life, yeah
Is no easy solution
Whilst my heart whispers to me to move on
Move on, move on, move on, yeah

Another place, another town
Another scene, another vibration
Another place, yeah,
Another time
Another vibe for me
It's time to move on
Another vibe for me, for me

La, la, la, la, la�

(Repeat Chorus)

It's time to move on
Time to groove on
Time to reach out
Time to be strong
Time to break free
Out of this town
Time to leave my friends and family behind

Discography

'EP1' released October 2005
(Distributed by IODA)

'Delicate Dragon' released May 2008
(Distributed by Burnside Distribution Corporation)

Co-writes/Performances on 3 tracks with Tuatara's 'West Side of the Moon' released October 2007
Tuatara's members include Peter Buck (R.E.M) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees)

More songs are streamable from www.myspace.com/adama and www.adamaworld.com/music

Set List

1. Hanniman
2. The Moment
3. Critical Eye
4. I Like To Smile
5. Take Me Home
6. Time To Move On
7. Big Love (Fleetwood Mac cover)
8. Show Me The Exit
9. Delicate Dragon
10. Silver Tree
11. For The Day
12. Making Way
(END)

(ENCORE)
13. Critical Eye
14. Grace

1 hour set