'Creole folk star Germa Adan recorded one of the great LPs of 2017, the rare beauty, Kenbe Fèm... Germa, right now is an incredibly powerful, unique and fresh voice on the UK folk scene '.
'Kenbe Fem/Hold Firm - an intriguing collection of songs drawn from Haitian lullaby, sacred harp, English tradition and original compositions, quickly became a topic of excited conversation in the gilded corridors of fRoots on its release in June 2017'.
- fRoots Magazine
Musician, composer and singer-songwriter, Germa is known for her ability to write and perform in the style of a storyteller with a strong undercurrent of social consciousness at the heart of her music and a desire to explore themes of the past and the modern day. Her recent song-writing and compositions are influenced by Haitian, American and British folk, as well as her classical training. Germa Adan was born in Les Cayes, Haiti, lived in the USA and currently resides in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Her journey and autobiography have a major influence on her art and musical practice.
She is well known for her unique use of the fiddle as an accompaniment to her vocals, using delicate yet intricate rhythm and harmonies.
In 2020, Germa will be writing and releasing a new collection of songs - stay tuned!
Following the success of her debut album, Germa is currently working on her second album to be released in the coming year (Germa always strives to let the music breath and make its presence known when it's ready -- the process is never rushed). The album will feature the Senegalese virtuoso Kora player Kadialy Kouyate as well as other new collaborations, new sounds and approaches that will link to autobiographical themes of roots, bloodlines and ancestral connections. Listen to a preview of the new album HERE
Germa collaborates with various musicians, building common ground and celebrating their differences through unique composition and performance.
In September 2016, Germa has been awarded The EFDSS Creative Seed Funding to write new music chronicling her journey from Haiti & the USA to the UK. With the help of this funding Germa has had the privilege of collaborating with singer-songwriter Maz O'Connor to arrange traditional American Sacred Harp song and to compose a new British folk song inspired by stories from her Haitian culture.
As a result of these discoveries, Germa has released a selection of songs in her debut album entitled Kenbe Fem (Hold Firm), which she will be touring along with original works and traditional Haitian tunes in her usual repertoires.