NAIMA shares about the track, “This song definitely has a strong sensual energy driving it. At the same time there is an undertone of tension. There is a back and forth that is happening in this song – an emotional dance so to speak. And all of the back and forth, tension, and sensual energy that is swirling thickly around; ultimately evokes an undeniable need and desire to feel a release. In this case, that feeling of catharsis is achieved through physical intimacy.”
“THUNDERGO” is the second song released by NAIMA following “CITY LIGHTS,” which she self-produced with additional production credits from Nick Hakim and Jon Nellen.
NAIMA was born in Brooklyn and spent her childhood there and in New Rochelle, a richly diverse metropolitan suburb just north of the Bronx. Her childhood and familial influences provided the sonic foundation for her love of music; Her mother exposed her to a wide range of artists and educated her about the lineage of Black music. Wynton Marsalis, Donna Summer, Lenny Kravitz, A Tribe Called Quest, DR. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Dionne Farris, The Brothers Johnson, and Fela Kuti are just some of the many artists that were in heavy rotation at home. Her Panamanian father and grandfather were also musicians, introducing her to the music of Celia Cruz, Ruben Bladés, Djavan, Bob Marley, The Police, and many others, underscoring the importance and influence of music in her life.
NAIMA attended Berklee College of Music, but for her, it was returning to New York – where she became a part of a community of artists (Nick Hakim, Starchild and the New Romantic, Madison Mcferrin, Oyinda, Onyx Collective) who attended and performed at DIY shows at venues such as C’mon Everybody, H0L0, Trans-Pecos, Baby’s All Right and Palisades. There she was able to take the time to hone her craft – and identify her own [distinct] voice.
Listen to and watch “THUNDERGO” above and stay tuned for more from NAIMA coming soon.