" The second part of my growing up was with some Christian values, but by this point I was getting to the age of making up my own mind," she says. " It was a bit 'too late' for me." She speaks of a rift it cased in her family, with the Christians on one side and the non-Christians on the other.
Religion, along with questions about her own gender identity as well as growing up a half black person in a pretty white environment were all benchmarks that really shaped who Adjoa is and in turn her songwriting.
Nana was accepted to study jazz (electric bass and double bass) at the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatory, however the reality wasn't quite what she'd imagined. "We thought we wanted to go to the most difficult department, that we wanted to be the best, but it wasn't a very fun experience." A divide began to grow between the restrictive, theoretical compositions she was studying and the more melodic, free-flowing music she was playing outside.
Soon after she realized pursuing her own solo career and not academia was the direction for her she she formed a band and for the first time started recording her songs. The results are Down at The Root (Part 1) and (Part 2).