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Interview: A poignant soulful voice---Ada Featured

Born in Paris, France, in the early eighties, Ada’s passion for singing started at the early age of 5. After moving to the United States, she began writing poetry to express her frustrations and the pressures of immigrant life. At 12, she began her professional career. She started with singing the National Anthem at all of her Basketball games and talent shows from High School all the way

through College. In 2005, she and 2 other members founded the reggae band Trinity Children of Men who would tour major cities in the US and Jamaica for 5 years along sides acts like Mavado, Morgan Heritage and Sizzla. Shortly after, she would share the stage with Wyclef Jean to then make her mark in the HMI alongside Gazzman Couleur in 2010, then Nulook with Arly Lariviere in 2014. Blending elements of African drumming, reggae, soul and R&B while showcasing her profound admiration for her Haitian and African roots, Ada quickly rose to the scene.

As a solo artist, Ada continues to make her mark in the industry with performances all throughout the US and Haiti. Singing about life, love, social injustices and staying spiritually connected. Her powerful presence and authenticity continues to captivate audiences everywhere. When the lights dim, and the drums beat, there she is, unpolished but regal, barefoot, smiling as she sings her first notes taking you on a magical journey of simplicity and spirituality.

Her debut single and video “Defile” is set to take life in November 2015 fused with influences from Bob Marley, Roberta Flack, Amy Winehouse and world music artists such as Emeline Michel and Boukman Eksperyans. Her album will be released in 2016.

I had the opportunity for a little chit chat with Ada:

HB: When and why did you start playing music?

Ada: The earliest memory I have of me singing is when I was about 5 or six years old. I decided to take on my music career about 10 years ago when I realized its powerful influence on society.

HB: Do you play any instrument, if not which instrument would you like to play?

Ada: I play around with the guitar a lot. It helps me when I’m songwriting . Next instrument I’m taking on is the tanbou.

HB: What’s the first song you performed in public?

Ada: “Hero” by Mariah Carey

HB: Do you have a family musical background?

Ada: I was told my father was a composer. After him, I’m the only musician of the family.

HB: Which famous musicians do you consider a role model? Why?

Ada: There are so many musicians I consider my “Godparents,” but the one that stands out the most is Nina Simone. Not only did she sing to you, she also spoke through her music. She had a message. She was and still is revolutionary.

HB: Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Ada: Wyclef Jean

HB: Who inspire you the most?

Ada: My mother, my sisters. Women.

HB: What are your fondest musical memories in your short career?

Ada: The first time I heard my song play on the radio. March 12, 2016; my first show in Haiti - Lolo and Manzè from Boukman came to see me perform. EPIC.

HB: Your favorite konpa band(s)?

Ada: Djakout #1 – Nu-Look

HB: Do you get nervous before a performance?

Ada: If I don’t meditate before yes. Other than that, I’m more excited than anything.

HB: Do you take voice lessons?

Ada: Not yet!

HB: How often and for how long do you practice?

Ada: I make it a point to sing every day. Happy or sad, everyday.

HB: Describe your vocal

Ada: Raw. Soulful 

HB: Are you working on any project at the moment?

Ada: YES!! An EP that should come out by the end of 2016. My album will be out next year!

HB: How do you balance your music with other obligations?

Ada: Prioritize! 

HB: Are you a feminist? Describe why or why not?

Ada: No! The more I study and understand the movement the more I realize that it is not geared towards the black community. I refuse to support anything that my people cannot benefit from.

HB: What do you want to convey through your music?

Ada: Love. For yourself and for humanity.

HB: When can we expect an album from you?

Ada: Next year! (Crosses fingers and toes)

HB: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Ada: Making music, spreading love. Living life. 

HB: Thank you Ada for your time

 

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