Adrianne Bate is the quintessential 21st century Black woman. As a media personality—which also happens to be her real-life personality—she is a satisfying mixture of that witty homegirl from Down South who makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, that future thinker in your organization who stays up on technology trends and political currents, and the gentle priestess with soothing words and her medicine bag on the ready. She is Afrofuturism personified.
Born in Tallahassee and raised in Tampa, Florida (‘Flawda’), Adrianne had the benefit of two parents who, as she puts it, ‘allowed [her] to be free.’ Basically, they did the Black version of free-range parenting. Her early days were spent embedded in a community of love, support and gift-giving. One of these gifts was music. Beyond the formative Black church choir experience, she also spent hours diving through her parents’ and grandparents’ album collections, acquiring a more diverse listening ear.
These unscripted childhood journeys into music appreciation led to more serious commitment and study in high school, when Adrianne became a formally-trained instrumentalist (French horn, trumpet, drum major), a beat-maker (classic samples, hip-hop, low-end theory, boom-bap, lo-fi) and an MC. A few years later, she also discovered an interest in learning the art of DJing, and had a knack for throwing legendary house parties. She adopted the name ‘nostaljiq’ because whether she’s making beats, rhymes, or bodies move, her main objective is to deliver people back to the joyful, sentimental moments of the past.
Much of her work still involves the blending of the past with an ongoing celebration of the present. Her desire to deepen this connection with the past extended beyond the musical, into the cultural and spiritual. This eventually led her to Nigeria, where she received the name Ifawemimo Ogunyemi from the elders who trained her in Yoruba spiritual culture. Ifawemimo is a healer par excellence, who wields every tool she has been given for the benefit of her community. Somehow, she manages to bring ancient ancestral knowledge, ‘kitchen-table wisdom,’ compassion and academic training (FAMU) together seamlessly in her work.