A Name You Should Know: Dutch-Ghanian Songwriter Nana Adjoa : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN The rising singer-songwriter combines her African heritage, jazz training and love of American rock into a sound unlike any other.
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Nana Adjoa on World Cafe

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A Name You Should Know: Dutch-Ghanian Songwriter Nana Adjoa

A Name You Should Know: Dutch-Ghanian Songwriter Nana Adjoa

Nana Adjoa on World Cafe

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  • "She's Stronger"
  • "No Room"
  • "National Song"

You could say Nana Adjoa is a citizen of the world. She was raised in the Netherlands by her Dutch mother and Ghanaian father, while her music draws on influences beyond her heritage, like her formal jazz training and love of American rock bands. In this episode, you'll hear how those influences come together as Adjoa performs songs from her debut full-length, Big Dreaming Ants, and discusses how she discovered her mother's secret musical history when she first started playing bass guitar.