Born in Cameroon, Ntjam Roise spent the formative years of her life in a small village – until her family relocated to The Netherlands when she was nine. Currently based in Rotterdam, the Cameroonian-Dutch singer/songwriter has received quite a bit of attention across Holland as a fashionista and style icon, and musically for a sound that employs elements of pop, jazz, soul, folk, gospel and world music.
Her third full-length effort, The Back of Beyond was released through Rosie’s own label, Gentle Gaze to commercial success and critical praise, as the album reflected the singer/songwriter’s creative growth .Although her background initially was in jazz, soul and pop, she had learned how to play guitar and write songs from (and with) the guitar. And perhaps unsurprisingly, that effort along with her previous efforts had drawn comparisons to the likes of India.Arie, Patrice Rushen, Beyonce and others among European bloggers and fans.
“Thinkiin’ About You,” the latest single off the Cameroonian-Dutch singer/songwriter’s fourth full-length effort, The One, slated for a February Stateside release will likely put Rosie on the international map, as the song manages to be a charmingly breezy bit of soulful pop – the sort that continues a long tradition that includes Bill Withers and countless others. But what I personally love about the song is that it’s a sincere and sweet in a way that contemporary love songs aren’t; in some way, it’s not surprising to have learned that the material on the album was written around the time Rosie had gotten married – and it seems to evoke the honeymoon phase of any relationship.
Ntjam Rosie, the Cameroon-born, Dutch-based Afro-European artist who has become a tastemaker both with her music and her fashion sense, is set to make a big mark in 2015 with her fourth album, The One. The singer and songwriter, who arrived in Holland from a small village in Cameroon at the age of nine, is now based in Rotterdam and has been turning heads in her adopted home country. A truly independent woman, who runs her own record label, Gentle Daze, Ntjam’s striking creativity in the world of fashion has made her into a style icon. Meanwhile, her blend of soul, jazz, folk, gospel and world music is now set to reach a wider audience than ever before.
The fourth installment in an increasingly distinguished album catalogue, The One is a huge creative step forward. That’s both in terms of its confident, seductive songwriting ethic and because it marks Ntjam Rosie’s debut as a producer of her own work. It has invigorating elements of India.Arie’s roots-fuelled R&B, Patrice Rushen’s sultry jazz, and even the vocal independence of Beyoncé, all in an atmospheric soundscape that is purely her own.