What they say…
Amana Melomé is a Euro-Caribbean-American singer-songwriter currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. She was born in Germany and raised around the world, drawing from an eclectic range of musical influences and inspirations that transcend the limitations of genre. Her sound has been compared to that of Sade, Erykah Badu, Les Nubians and Esperanza Spalding, but she is adamant about carving her own personal niche blending neo soul, jazz, funk, folk and even bossanova or reggae.
Amana‘s music reflects her jazz heritage as she clearly follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, the late bass player Jimmy Woode, who was the youngest musician in Duke Ellington‘s orchestra and accompanied many jazz legends such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. Her late grandmother was also a jazz vocalist and her aunt Shawnn Monteiro is still active in the jazz scene today.
After finishing high school in Florence, Italy, Amana returned to America to earn her college degree and graduated from NYU. Following university she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her singing career, where she met producer Saverio ‘Sage’ Principini, with whom she worked on her debut album “Indigo Red” in 2008 as well as her sophomore effort “Phoenix Rising” out in 2011, both recorded at the infamous Henson Recording Studios.
“Indigo Red” was released on renowned Italian label Irma Records for the European market, and on indie label Savana Records in the US, where it became the very first CD to be sold at Whole Foods Markets, who defined Amana‘s music as “wonderfully organic” and had her perform a mini-tour of the west coast stores. Since then Amana has headlined various festivals and clubs from Brazil to Poland, Bangkok to Stockholm, as well as performing at private events for fashion labels Fendi and Christian Dior. She also went on to land a recurring role as herself on Italian sit-com Un Medico In Famiglia which aired on national TV station Rai 1.
In 2015 Amana released an EP of jazzy soul cuts called “Lock & Key”, which inaugurated a collaboration with producers Itai Shapira and Adam Berg, known for their work with artists such as Aloe Blacc, Alice Russel and Rhye, to name a few. Hot on the heels of that release comes new EP “Lock & Key: The Remixes” featuring the magic touch of talented producers Mark de Clive-Lowe, Opolopo, Daz-I-Kue (from Bugz In The Attic), Filip, Slimbo and Firefly, who got their hands on Amana‘s sultry vocals and put their own signature spins on them. From broken beat to house, from breaks to afro and beyond, this EP is sure to find its way onto every party playlist!