By David Mitchell
N'Dambi: A Storyteller Inspires With Songs Of Real Life
After years of roughing it as a true independent recording artist, critically-acclaimed soul singer, songwriter N’dambi, released her latest album entitled Pink Elephant in October 2009. Many may know of N’dambi during her early years as a back-up singer for fellow Dallas, Texas native, Erykah Badu. But she started to generate a cult fanbase with her debut CD Little Girl Blues, a project she funded and released independently in 1999. The album sold over 70,000 copies worldwide, through word of mouth and a strong press campaign.
The release of Pink Elephant is a milestone of sorts for N’dambi as she is now signed to the legendary Stax-Concord labels. It was also vital to the songstress that she maintain artistic freedom. “Stax is one of those labels that created a legacy of music that is timeless and stands on its own…and they were looking for artists such as myself to continue on with the brand,” she says.
For Pink Elephant, N’dambi paired up with veteran producer Leon Sylvers III (Shalamar, The Whispers, Blackstreet, Lakeside) to create a compelling suite of songs that includes the album’s much-talked about first single, the good-love-gone-bad, “Can’t Hardly Wait.”
Now gearing up for a long promo and spot date tour to support Pink Elephant, which was just released in Europe, N’dambi will kick-off with an exclusive acoustic tour, followed by a series of dates with a full band. N’dambi says she also looks forward to writing a book one day.
“I really think of myself as a storyteller. I spend a lot of my time writing songs based on watching people,” she says, “reading books, seeing movies—just watching life—trying to tell the stories of people. It’s almost like I’m trying to archive those kinds of moments, the little details like that. Because of those things I think I’m a collage of a lot of different musical experiences woven together.”