Chonita Gilbert, 1970, Dallas, Texas, USA. NDambi made her name as a backing vocalist for fellow Dallas native Erykah Badu on her 1997 debut, Baduizm. NDambi grew up playing the piano and the clarinet, and started singing in her fathers Baptist church. She attended Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1994 with a degree in English. Shortly afterwards she adopted the west African name NDambi (meaning most beautiful), and recorded an unsuccessful demo tape. Gilbert was then introduced to Badu (at this point still going by her birth name of Erica Wright), and the two young singers became firm friends making a promise that whichever of them landed a recording contract first would use that position to help the others career. NDambi appeared on Baduizm and toured with Badu before recording her debut album, 1999s Little Girl Lost Blues, which was self-produced and self-distributed on her Cheeky-i label. The...