Good news, Memphis N’Dambi fans are in for a treat tomorrow. She is in town for the “Pink Elephant” album signing. It’s at the Stax Museum lobby, Thursday March 4th, between 5pm to 6pm. Also if you don’t have a CD copy of her latest album, you can pick up a copy in the Museum Gift Shop. Also she will be performing at the Rumba Room at 8pm that same evening. I’ll see you there.
Today is a great day for Soul music lovers. We have albums from Meshell Ndegeocello and N’Dambi, and singles from new aspiring artists. After almost four years since her release of “A Weird Kinda Girl” in Japan on CoCo Red Music, N’Dambi has released a twelve track album “Pink Elephant”. This album is released by Stax Records, who also is home to Teena Marie, the late Isaac Hayes, and Will Downing, among others.
Now you may ask, what’s the deal? Is it worth picking up? I can answer that confidently with a YES for fans, and a maybe with new listeners. Let me explain. I’m an uber fan of Soul music, and digest large amounts of Soul music on a weekly basis. I compare, search for rare, and contemplate Soul music. When I first listened to this album, I was confused. The first song “L.I.E.”, was an anomaly, since it didn’t have the feel of a first track of an album. For example, Ledisi’s “Lost & Found” first song “Been Here” is a perfect example of a great “lead in” to the album. I thought that “L.I.E.” didn’t “lead in” to the album and establish the environment for the rest of the songs. I was a bit confused and wrong, since I didn’t know what expect from the rest of the album. After listening to the whole album, do I understand and appreciate the style and concept of it.
To best describe this album, is that it’s a book of different stories, by different writers, but with the same voice. Each song tells a story, but it tells it in a form of Soul that compliments that story. For example the relaxed tempo of “L.I.E.” lends itself to the story of a man with two lives that are connected via the Long Island Expressway. One of my favorites of the album is “Nobody Jones”. It’s more of upbeat, than “L.I.E.”, and tells of a woman that dreams of a more exciting life. This is the track that I think really showcases N’Dambi’s voice and what she has to separate her from other singers. Oh, that cow bell is kicking in this song.
The next song is “Ooo Baby”, and is a prime example of her Soul style changing from song to song. If you close your eyes, you can see Levert from about twenty years ago, behind her in white suits, snapping their fingers, and grooving to the rhythm. This song will get the mood right, if it isn’t there already.
The first single from the album is”Can’t Hardly Wait” (clean version video below). There are two versions of this song. I prefer the NSFW version (Not Safe For Work) myself. In the clean version, “Fussing” has replaced “F*!king”. Besides that small change, the song is one of the best of the album. I really can’t place the influence for this song, but I can appreciate the bass guitar in it.
Overall, I like the album. I don’t regret buying, but again I’m a uber fan. If this your first time hearing N’Dambi, I would suggest picking up “Lost Little Girl Blues” from 1999. Then move up from there. Then you can realize what’s being done in “Pink Elephant”. Now if you are a fan, it’s no question. What are you waiting for? It’s available all over at iTunes and Amazon. Enjoy.
Hello. Sorry for the delay in posts or news, but I have some very good things coming this weekend. Until then, if you are in the Atlanta area, you are in for a treat. They are having the International Soul Music Summit, and everyone is going to be there. It started yesterday Sept 24th, and carries on until Sunday the 27th. They will have various topics and speakers, concerts and discussion groups. For example, one group “The Sexualization of Female in the Music Industry” and the moderator is Joi. Here are some of the artists that will be in attendance. China Blac, Afi, Joi, Sy Smith, Divine Brown, Nikki Gilbert, Kelly Love Jones, Eric Roberson, Vikter Duplaix, Melba Moore, N’dambi, and many more. I should be ashamed, that I’m not there, but next year I’ll be there.
Well Neo Soul/Soul fans in Memphis. It’s a happy day. We finally have a decent show to attend. Neosoulville has posted information about the show on June 27th, @ Minglewood Hall. The listed performers are N’Dambi, Anthony David, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas, Tanya Dyson, Tim Terry, Carmen, Valencia Robinson, Wildmann, TamE, Allyson Truly, Inner City South, Sene, Brothera’s Keepa, Naja, FW Love, Still Black See and more. I’ve already bought my tickets, and got my camera ready. Tickets are $20.99 for general addmission, and $35.99 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets here.
UPDATE 6-22-09: This show has been postponed, with an October date given. First word was given by N’Dambi on Twitter and Anthony David on Facebook. This is really a let down. Anthony David stated that it was “unorganized”. For Memphis to get the better shows and artists, we have get better promoters. Don’t know where the break down occurred, but this isn’t rocket science.
It looks like Memphis will have a much better summer concert turnout, compared to last year. With Memphis it has become harder and harder to really grab the headliners, or even leseer known artists. So, to make sure that we don’t miss the good shows, I have compiled a list of the shows that I am currently aware of. If you know of any that I am missing, please let me know and I’ll update the list. I’m also working on a interactive calendar that will work a lot better. It looks like India Arie, Anthony David w/ Musiq Soulchild, John Legend, and Anthony David w/ N’Dambi. So far so good.
India Arie (Buy TIckets)
Place: Orpheum Theatre Memphis
Date/Time: Sun, May 24, 2009 08:00 PM
Anthony Hamilton & Musiq Soulchild (Buy TIckets)
Place: Desoto County Civic Center
Date/Time: Sat, May 30, 2009 08:00 PM
John Legend (Buy TIckets)
Date/Time: Thu, Jul 2, 2009 07:30 PM
N’Dambi & Anthony David (Buy TIckets)
Place: Minglewood Hall
Date/Time: Sat, June 27th, 2009 08:00 PM
I think that everyone has heard of Twitter at this point. Also they have heard of the great surge in of people using it in recent months. If you’re a normal person, after you sign up, you wonder what’s next. Well…. for the music lover I have complied a list of Soul music artists, on Twitter that will give you a jump start. To be able to have this much access or just this much detail of a artist’s thoughts is great. If you have found others, that I missed, please let me know, and I’ll update the post.