Dutch-Cameroonian singer-songwriter Ntjam Rosie has built a name for herself in her homeland and beyond with her trademark and distinctive blend of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel and Cameroonian roots.
She has performed at numerous international jazzfestivals (twice at the North Sea Jazz Festival) and has toured more than 20 countries. Also, she has frequently appeared and performed on national TV and radio shows. The albums Elle, At the Back of Beyond and The One were nominated for a Dutch Edison Jazzism public choice award.
The songs on Breaking Cycles, her fifth studio album, still contain the characteristic Ntjam Rosie ingredients, but this time written from the groove. She’s been inspired by 1990s R&B (Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, SWV, Aaliyah), the 1980s soul of the South African Letta Mbulu, as well as the sound of modern alternative R&B (Kelela, NAO, Daniel Caesar). Breaking Cycles is produced by Vincent Helbers (Flowriders). All songs were written by Ntjam Rosie and Vincent Helbers. Richard Spaven (Jose James, 4Hero, Flying Lotus) is on drums. London’s Robin Mullarkey (Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula) is on bass. Bart Wirtz and Teus Nobel provide the horn parts.
Ntjam Rosie wants to inspire people. “I hope that my songs will give people courage and inspiration. You can overcome anything, break through any difficult situation. But don’t forget that sometimes you have to Put in the Work. Set yourself goals, but enjoy the ride. If you forget that, a Breakthrough means nothing.”