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N̢۪dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10

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For one night only London Jazz Café was graced with the presence of Texas’ southern belle N’dambi. Beauty, poise, a powerful voice, insightful lyrics, and enough energy to power a stadium, is what the room full of old and new fans experienced. The show marked the end of the N’dambi’s European visit to promote her new album ‘Pink Elephant’

Opening with her classic ‘Call Me’ N’dambi showed the crowd she had come to have a good time and she was going to start as she meant to go on. There were gyrations, high kicks, hip slapping, slick arm movements, head rocking and that was only the first 10 minutes of the show, there was much more to come. ‘L.I.E.’ was the first track from the new album to be performed to the audience, who received it with enthusiasm; however it was the next track that really had the crowd in rapture. After explaining that President Obama inspired the track N’dambi launched into ‘What It Takes’. Clapping their hands in the air and voices loud, the crowd sang along to the chorus, which celebrates supporting your partner and reminding them that it’s ok to stop and just rest, because they will be able to withstand whatever the world with throw at them.

Fans were allowed to relive the magic of previous treasured tracks like ‘Lonely Woman’, ‘Soul From The Abyss’ and ‘Deep’. With the change of pace N’dambi was mesmerising on stage, drawing on her sensuality and southern charm to deliver these tracks about love, and intimacy. Indeed when N’dambi began singing ‘The Sunshine’ after telling the audience how a fan had once told her the song saved their life you could have heard a pin drop in the room. N’dambi’s voice was enchanting, accompanied by a guitar for most of the song the crowd had an opportunity to really experience the star quality of this songstress. N’dambi’s current single ‘Can Hardly Wait’ was another crowd favourite, and had a memorable line which everyone was encouraged to sing along to. N’dambi wrapped up the show with radio friendly ‘The World Is A Beat’.

The trademark afro may have changed into a reddish Mohawk, and the gazelle-like legs may have been covered by white boots, but the talent and high energy of N̢۪dambi had in no way been altered. Fans of N̢۪dambi may have been disappointed that she did not perform more tracks from her previous albums, but this really was a tour to showcase new material. What I was disappointed was lack of backing vocalists to highlight the beautiful melodies which are woven into on her albums. As a former backing vocalist herself I would have expected N̢۪dambi to be aware of the dynamism vocalists can add to a show, but it was not to be at this show. To give you back one of your own lines; N̢۪dambi you̢۪ve got what it takes, and to this boy your are Supergirl.

Photos care of B&S' Romain Kedochim - More visit ROMAIN PHOTOGRAPHY
Words Richard 'Ricardito' Ashie

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