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Akina Adderley continues family’s soulful tradition
Written by DAVID DUPONT Festival Program Editor   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:01
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Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys
When Akina Adderley was just a few years out of college she dreamt of having a normal person’s career.
She was rebelling against the expectation of going into the family business.
But “the life of a normal citizen” — working in an office and teaching —  just didn’t sit well with her. “I finally had to give in and acquiesce to my nature,” she said.
That meant she started to sing again. She started writing songs. She started doing exactly what you’d expect from someone bearing the a name so associated with American music.
Adderley is the granddaughter of Nat Adderley, a jazz cornetist and composer, most famous for his association with his brother the saxophonist and bandleader Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.
Her father, Nat Adderley Jr. was a musician in his own right a keyboardist and producer who had a 25-year association with soul music great Luther Van Dross.
Adderley now fronts her own band Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys, an ensemble that embodies her own musical heritage as well as the musical inclinations of her bandmates. The neo-soul outfit will perform Saturday at 4:45 p.m. at the Black Swamp Arts Festival’s Main Stage. She’ll also hang around to play a set Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the family stage.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 09:08
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