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N'Dambi

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The daughter of strict Baptist ministers in Dallas, Texas - only two kinds of music were allowed in N’dambi’s house – gospel and country. Church was the center of the family‟s life in every way and there was no middle ground. Secular music was forbidden, but its irresistible allure eventually trickled into her life and began impacting the maturing young singer. Blessed with a deep contralto, N’dambi became especially enamored with the male singers from the „70s and „80s she‟d heard and identified with while hanging out with cousins and friends. The funky soul of Bar-Kays‟ Larry Dodson, the sophisticated syncopation of Earth, Wind & Fire‟s Maurice White and the notorious abandon of the
Ohio Players‟ Sugafoot influenced her heavily. Later, the mysterious, uninhibited imagination of Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson also became musical and cultural touchstones.

Her independent streak led to college and a degree in English and creative writing from Southern Methodist University. Her developing, expressive voice, the poetic irony of her skillful writing ability and her musicianship as a classically trained pianist spurred N’dambi’s musical ambition. N’dambi sang back-up and collaborated with another rising soul seeker, Erykah Badu all the while honing her artistry and slowly building a fiercely loyal fan base that resonates with the organic, authentic approach to her life and music.

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  • soulsugah

    She's one of my favorite singer. Her album "Little Lost Girl Blues" is ingenious!

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MeMariaa

    http://www.last.fm/music/N%27Dambi/+images/12335879 Vote up!

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • slickric49

    N'dambi is different and so real

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Jluvely

    ♥♥♥ me sum N'Dambi!!! Ur artistry continues 2 amaze me... Ur beautiful... Sensual... Powerful... And undoubtedly PHENOMENAL! Keep fulfilling our souls with your midas touch & mesmerizing vocals. MUCH LUV SISTAH!

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • FCA19795

    Just decided to watch the Can't Hardly Wait video. She is so damn sexy. The body and the hair on this women is on point!

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • NiceNSmooth

    My Sista!!! She does it all! Continue to bless us with your music.

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Nanileti

    Eu amo esta vozzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ClassiChik

    Girlie rocked in the ATL last Wednesday!!!! Love her vibe.

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mrsean20

    wow amazing!!!

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • charlieedward59

    brillant xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • mkolsenka

    L.I.E., The One, Imitator, What It Takes <3

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • loa_online

    I just found something amazing. Thank you N'Dambi

    16 Jun 2010 Reply
  • beckybartkowski

    Gotta check out Nneka.

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • phoebebunny

    Only just discovered her but I love Pink Elephant, especially L.I.E., Nobody Jones & Can't Hardly Wait.

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sweetnectar32

    Can't Hardly Wait is the jam

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • PFE2008

    "Take It Out" is my jam right now

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • mrsean20

    NEW ALBUM LEAKED!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TheJanStan

    "Can't Hardly Wait" is EVERYTHING

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • RaggaBeatz

    Good Stuff!!

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LegoLibertarian

    I came across Little Lost Girls Blues in a pile of 'cheap' discs in a cardboard box that found its way here to Vermont from Texas (most of the bands in this cardboard box were rap and hip-hop acts from Texas), which I bought from a guy. I patiently, and sometimes not-so-patiently listened through every CD, and hers really stuck out amongst a tiny few! I don't have much of a hip-hop/soul library, but it seems like N'Dambi fits right in and gets heavy rotation at my home. Fits in with the neo-soul movement. She's really talented and adventurous with her music. Definitely not 'cheap' music!!!

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
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