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Delicate Dragon

by Adama

A rich, smoky blend of jazz infused electronic pop songs with Nigerian and Middle Eastern tones, “Delicate Dragon” is a stellar piece of music from this British-Nigerian singer-songwriter who grew up in London.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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1. The Moment
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2. Show Me the Exit
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3. Take Me Home
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4. Rain
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5. Making Way
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6. I Like To Smile
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7. Hanniman
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8. Wyte Love
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9. Delicate Dragon
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10. Time To Move On
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11. Silver Tree
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Like a glass of top shelf scotch or brandy, Adama’s music is something to be savored. A rich, smoky blend of jazz infused pop songs with Nigerian and Middle Eastern tones, this woman has all the right ingredients for a lush and opulent debut record. “Delicate Dragon” (4Dpeople) is a stellar piece of music from this British-Nigerian singer-songwriter who grew up in London.

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 2007 Adama landed in New York to set up her American debut. With over 90,000 friends and her myspace page is racking up hits in excess of 1,000,000, her active community is clamoring for live appearances. She performs with a multi-national band and will be previewing the music from Delicate Dragon in showcasing gigs around the US.

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Breathtaking, Classic Debut!
Adama is gifted with the precious ability to remember the songs she composes in her dreams and that ability has allowed her to create some of the best compositions I've had the pleasure of hearing in a very long while.

Her music is the kind that truly moves the soul... her lyrics are so well written and a joy to discover over and over again. Each time I hear one of her songs I find a new meaning. The production of Delicate Dragon is pristine, and so full of love.

Some of my thoughts on the songs....

1.) The Moment: a song that so many can relate to, this Middle Eastern flavored mid-tempo groove is packed with words of inspiration. A reminder to all of us to live in the now is one that I could really appreciate it. Beautiful lyrics, touching vocal and wonderful production... really beautiful trumpet gives this song a very smooth, dreamy feel.

2.) Show Me The Exit: I love this song... who can't relate to this up-tempo funky cut? We all feel like we're bored of our life's film and that there is MORE from time to time. A very fun and sometimes tongue in cheek, cleverly crafted song that for me gives a very strong visual picture as I listen. Funky pop/electronic sounds and superb musical arrangement.

3.) Take Me Home: any wounded heart can surely appreciate the sentiment in this ballad. We've all been there... hurt, but then another soul reaches out and we re-connect in a beautiful way. Adama's voice is so vulnerable and honest on this song... always makes me tear up when I listen.

4.) Rain: This is a wonderful mid-up tempo song. The production of this song is perfect... Gili Wiseburgh (producer) and Adama did a superb job with all the sound choices for this particular arrangement. I mean, you literally FEEL like you are in a dry parched land waiting for RAIN when you listen. The lyrics, again, are top notch and the vocal arrangement is superb!

5.) Making Way: This is my personal ANTHEM #1 in this collection of songs. I just can listen to this one on loop OVER and OVER and OVER! It is so inspiring for those who are pushing to reach a goal. You really have to listen to the lyric to get what I mean... treat your soul to this song now! Adama's vocal is like water to your creative seed. It's got a great beat and catchy vibe that will have you singing it over and over again as an affirmation for your soul!

6.) I Like To Smile: Ha ha, this song is great because it's like giving someone the middle finger in the nicest way possible while moving on your way to something better with a big fat smile on your face. I guess this song really spoke to me in a hard time and that's the feeling I got when I first listened and it stuck. It really encourages you to move on and not worry so much about bad stuff that's happened to you... smile... breathe in... move on... go for it and use whatever experience you had to reach higher, push harder and not focus energy on the negative of the past, but focus it on the future. Super groove again in this up-tempo cut.

7.) Hanniman: This is the most clever steamy song I've had the pleasure of listening to. It's very groove oriented and sensual in delivery and you just feel every breath of heat from it. It's almost like a ghost summoning you in an erotic dream. I can't fully describe this song... it's one you just have to listen to.

8.) Wyte Love: Another sensual, mid-tempo steamer from Adama! What I love about her writing is the use of very clever metaphor. This one is much more coy and playful than Hanniman, so it lends a different flavor to the entire collection of songs. It's interesting that in this one she really juxtaposes intellect with pure sensuality... it makes for a very interesting song both musically and lyrically. The rhythm arrangement of this track is also standout.

9.) Delicate Dragon: A dreamscape style ballad, this is the title track. It has slightly more alternative, leaning towards rock influenced vibe. The marriage of styles truly works and it's one of Adama's strongest vocal performances. It's smooth, yet there is this heaviness to her vocal tone in this one that fits so well with the song. A fabulous arrangement that allows the song to breathe... it's not cluttered and everything lives in its place so well. It's one of those songs you will dream about, it impacts you so deeply. Incredible lyrics to this song also along with a super background vocal arrangement.

10.) Time To Move On: a mid-tempo groove with a very pretty arrangement. This is the perfect graduation song or a song for when you are embarking on a new adventure or chapter in your life.

11.) This is my ANTHEM #2 from this collection. This haunting ballad really affected me in a profound way. The words of this song are ones you will want to write down and read and you will want to hear this song once a day! Silver Tree is songwriting perfection as far as I am concerned. Adama's very delicate vocal treatment of this song compliments the gorgeous, lush orchestral performance my the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. This song was a dream come true for Adama as she arranged the orchestral parts in a dream she had. It's simply AMAZING.

I highly recommend this collection of songs. A lot of effort was put into the writing, production and presentation. The artwork is so stunning. I've never seen a project, Indie or Major, with such beautiful artwork. It's a huge booklet of Adama's lyrics set to stunning artwork by Radim Malinic who is quite famous for his combination of vectors and photos in a beautiful style that just adds to the stunning beauty that is "Delicate Dragon".

This is a CLASSIC... get it and enjoy!
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