Camden's a long way from Dallas Texas then again N'dambi has come a long way since starting out as a backing singer for Erykah Badu. Four solo LP's later and a move to L.A. see's her in London on the UK leg of her European tour promoting Pink Elephant her new album produced by Leon Silvers. Sporting an easy but funky look, a new fro-hican haircut, black leggings, black sequined vest and a pair of thigh high white boots N'dambi descends the stairs onto the Jazz Cafe stage to a full house and rapturous applause. Then with Tina Turner type energy she rips the uptempo "Call Me" with cancan style kicks and steps wow! Applause once again but the audience can not match N'dambi's energy. "Goodnight London" she quips after "L I E " she thanks them for coming out to celebrate with her on a big football night [Champions league Arsenal v Barcelona] into the Barack Obama inspired "What it Takes". Then "Deep" her funky four piece band keeping perfect time and breaking it down.
Between songs N'dambi explained her inspiration, from "Ooh baby's" melody coming to her on the way to get her boots fixed, she has a thing for shoes, to "Nobody Jones" inspired by a boutique on Crenshaw and "The Sunshine" her first song that kept a man from ending his life and is the reason she writes to this day. Ending with the U G K inspired "Can hardly wait" the subdued but grateful crowd receive a two song encore and an after show meet and greet CD signing session talk about Southern hospitality. An evening with N'dambi as her name translates was most beautiful.
words & images Ayatollah & Mickey @ P U P