he new record follows 2013’s At The Back Of Beyond, which was warmly received creatively and commercially, and inspired Ntjam to perform throughout Holland and across Europe. “That was an album that was a part of me, and that needed to explore my poppy side,” she says. “I’m grounded in jazz and soul, and pop. But as a songwriter, I really needed to go through that album to learn how to play the guitar, to see and hear what kind of songs I would write, and also to put the guitar on the palette — literally being able to pick the guitar up to write.”
The songs for The One were written around the time Ntjam got married, in January 2014, and was made with her regular band and engineer Vincent Helbers at her side. Martin Fondse added strings, and there are guest appearances by friends and fellow artists Pink Oculus (rap), Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) and Ronald Snijders (flute).
Her graduation as a cosmopolitan, 21st century woman and musician included nominations both for Holland’s Edison Awards, twice, and the Elle Personal Style Awards; playing the North Sea Jazz Festival, and gigs from Thailand to Turkey and Estonia to China.
Intro Metata’a (The Beginning)
A Nye’e Fo’o Ma (He Loves me So)
Always On The Run - Feat Pink Oculus
Akiba (Thank You)
You Build Me Up
Covenant - Feat Lamin Kuyateh
Dear To Me
Pas De Retour - Feat Ronald Snijders
I’m Loved - Feat Eric Vloeimans
Love To Be Here