Joost Zweegers est dans la forme de sa vie. Après deux AB et trois Melkweg clubs soldout, un bel été festivalier avec la scène principale de Rock Werchter, Lokerse Feesten et Pukkelpop puis la grande salle de l'AB complète 1 moi et demi à l'avance, on peut dire sans exagerer que Novastar est vraiment de retour.
Quatre ans après 'Inside Outside', est apparu à l'automne un nouvel album 'In The Cold Light of Monday'. Les nouveaux singles 'Home is Not Home', 'Holly' et le magnifique 'Cruel Heart' sont instantanément reconnaissables comme du grand Novastar.
Dans un nouveau line-up, Joost Zweegers prouve que sa longue pause a été rafraîchissante. Les œuvres plus anciennes ont reçu une approche remarquable, plus claire et plus puissante en live, et les nouvelles chansons ont été immédiatement accueillies avec enthousiasme par le public. Son passage en festival a également été couvert de superlatifs dans la presse. Attendez-vous au meilleur pour cette date en salle au Reflektor.
Born in Amsterdam,Nanaspent a portion of her childhood in the concrete environs of working class neighborhood the Bijlmer. "It's not the nicest part,"shesays with trademark modesty of an area described by the local chief of police as a 'national disaster area'. Her father was a Ghanaian who'd came to Amsterdam in the 1980s, her mother Dutch ("very Dutch"). She describes her upbringing as fairly liberal until her parent's divorce and their subsequent embrace of Christianity. " 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." Shespeaks of a rift it cased in her family, with the Christians (Nana's father, mother and brother) on one side and the non-Christians (Nana, her sister and the rest of the family) 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 whoAdjoais and in turn her songwriting. "In fact, I think I still unconsciously use a lot of Christian ideas and metaphors in my music," she adds.Nanawas accepted to study jazz (electric bass and double bass) at the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatory, however the reality wasn't quite what she'd imagined."It was very much like school," she says, today. "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 was the direction for her,she formed a band and for the first time started recording her songs. The results areDown at The Root (Part 1), Down at The Root (Part 2)and thelatest collection of songsin the form of her A Tale so FamiliarEP. "It's a really nice feeling when people actually listen to the music you created somewhere," she says of an ever-growing fan base. "It's still crazy.