Are you affillated with any other DJ crews, Record Label, or Dance Company, Ect.. ? If so, What
i am the #1 Urban Store in Cleveland, Ohio & a DJ
City and State
How Long Have You Been DJing or Affiliated With the Entertainment Business?
30 + years
What is your link to the Music Industry?
I am the #1 Hip Hop Store in the United States of America!!!
11701 Buckeye Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44120
Open Monday thru Saturday 12noon - 7pm e.s.t.
Owner : Sanders Henderson
Mktg: Kermit Henderson
Streets: Lloyd Henderson
NIKKI'S MUSIC AND VIDEO IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED RETAIL STORES IN THE COUNTRY.
HERE'S A GLIPSE INTO HIS TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE MAKING HIS RETAIL EMPIRE.
Retail Spotlight Interview conducted by Lenny B
Nikkis Music - Cleveland's FINEST !!
LENNY: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE MUSIC STORE BUSINESS?
SANDERS: STARTED OFF SPINNING RECORED AT THE ROAD SOUTH, EXCLUSIVE HOTEL PARTIES AND ON THE WESTSIDE AT THE FANTASY NIGHTCLUB. I USED TO BUY RECORDS FROM KERMIT HENDERSON AT DRC AND ONE DAY AFTER COMING OUT THE STORE WITH A ARM FULL OF RECORDS I THOUGHT ABOUT OPENING UP MY OWN STORE. AFTER ATTENDING CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY AND GRADUATING WITH A DEGREE IN DATA PROCESSING I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER HALF OF A LIQUOR STORE ON 149TH AND ST.CLAIR. I STAYED OVER IN THE AREA FOR 4 YEARS THEN OPENED MY SECOND LOCATION ON BUCKEYE IN 1987. AFTER GETTING TIRED OF RUNNING BACK AND FORTH I WANTED TO FIND A LOCATION ON BUCKEYE BECAUSE THEY HAD BETTER TRAFFIC ON THIS SIDE OF TOWN. I FOUND A SPOT ON E.119TH AND BUCKEYE AND THEN LATER MOVED DOWN TO 117TH BECAUSE I HAD OUT GROWN THAT LOCATION.
LENNY: WHAT WAS IT LIKE GETTING STARTED?
SANDERS: WELL, FINANCING WAS OUT OF THE QUESTIONS. WHEN I WENT TO THE BANK THEY WANTED A BUSINESS PLAN COMPLETE WITH A PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENT AND 5 YEAR FORECAST. THAT WAS TO MUCH FOR A PERSON WHO REALLY DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND DIDN'T HAVE ANY ASSETS TO COMMIT TO THE BANK.
LENNY: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME NIKKI'S AND WHY?
SANDERS: NIKKI IS MY DAUGHTER'S NICKNAME (CHAVON NICOLE "NIKKI" FLANNARY) THE STORE WAS OPEN IN 1985, HOWEVER, IN 1996 NIKKIS WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL SHE WAS 17 YEARS OF AGE AND A SENIOR AT ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL. CHAVON WAS MY ONLY CHILD AND THE PRIDE OF MY LIFE. I ALWAYS JOKE TO HER ABOUT PUTTING HER NAME IN LIGHTS.
LENNY: HOW DID YOU FINALLY START TO GET NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUR STORE.
SANDERS: AFTER CHAVON'S DEATH I WANTED TO FULFILL MY COMMITMENT TO PUT HER NAME IN LIGHTS AND TO CARRY HER NAME NATIONWIDE. I ENTER IN NATIONAL WIDE DISPLAY CONTEST AND ATTENDED NATIONAL CONFERENCE CONVENTIONS.
LENNY: HOW MANY RETAIL DISPLAY CONTEST HAVE YOU WON AND PLACED IN?
SANDERS: WELL JUST TO LIST A FEW, 2002 WAS IMPACT RETAILER OF THE YEAR, 2001 WAS DEF JAM SPIRIT AWARD, 2000 WAS DEF JAM NATIONWIDE HIP-HOP BIGGEST RETAILER AND 1999 WAS ELEKTRA, DEF JAM, FRONTIER AND PRIORITY RECORDS NATIONWIDE DISPLAY CONTEST AND THE LIST GOES ON OF CASH PRIZES TOTALING OVER $80,000.00.
LENNNY: HEAR DEF JAM NAMED A RETAIL AWARD AFTER YOU, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
SANDERS: DEF JAM GAVE A NATIONWIDE "THIRSTY CAMPAIGN" VISIBILITY DISPLAY CONTEST AND MY PROJECT WAS SO OUTRAGEOUS , IT WAS SO SUPERTIGHT THAT THEY PULLED MY PROJECT AND RECOGNIZE TWO RETAIL STORES WITH THE SANDERS HENDERSON DEF JAM SPIRIT AWARD ALSO AN ARTICLE IN URBAN NETWORK MAGAZINE WHICH IS A NATIONWIDE PUBLICATION: LETTER FROM KEVIN LILES-PRESIDENT OF ISLAND DEF JAM GROUP , "THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE INVOLVES MANY TASKS SUCH AS CREATIVITY, METICULOUS PLANNING AND CONSISTENTLY GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT IS ASKED OF THEM. I HAVE KNOWN SANDERS FOR A LONG TIME AND I'M AMAZED BY THE REINVENTION OF NIKKI'S MUSIC. IN LIGHT OF THAT FACT, I'M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE SANDERS HENDERSON DEF AM SPIRIT AWARD. THIS AWARD, TO BE GIVEN ANNUALLY, RECOGNIZES STELLAR SPORTSMANSHIP, CREATIVITY AND INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRAGULATING SANDERS ON HIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS".
LENNY: YOUR STORE IS LIKE A MUSEUM WITH PICTURES OF EVERYBODY YOU COULD IMAGINE. WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO TO BUILD YOUR WALL OF FAME?
SANDERS: NIKKI'S MUSIC IS IN THE HEART OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY WHICH DOESN'T GET ALOT OF ARTIST COMING THROUGH, SO THROUGHOUT MY YEARS I TOOK PICTURES OF ALMOST EVERYONE AND PUT THEM ON THE WALLS OF THE STORE. THE CUSTOMERS LOVE TO SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT ARTISTS THAT COME TO NIKKI'S AND IN STORE PROMOTIONS LIKE P DIDDY, SCARFACE, NORTORIOUS B.I.G., NELLY, MASTER P., REDMAN, METHOD MAN AND A HOST OF OTHERS.
LENNY: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER INTEREST OUTSIDE OF THE RETAIL GAME?
SANDERS: I'M ALWAYS IN THE RETAIL GAME WHATEVER I DO. HOWEVER OUTSIDE NIKKI'S I DO BALLOON ORDERS FOR WEDDINGS, PROMOTIONS, COMPANY PICNICS, ETC. I LIKE TO ATTEND THE CONCERTS AND LISTENING PARTY TO PROMOTE UPCOMING ARTISTS.
LENNY: WHAT'S NEXT FOR SANDERS AND NIKKI'S?
SANDERS: WELL I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL IN PROMOTIONS AND MARKETING. I THINK A LOT OF RETAILERS WOULD LIKE ME OUT THE DISPLAY GAME, SO WE AE WORKING ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.NIKKISMUSIC.COM (CHECK IT OUT!).
LENNY: WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOLLA OUT TO?
SANDERS: FIRST, I WOULD LIKE THANK GOD FOR GIVING ME GOOD HEALTH, STRENGTH AND CREATIVITY TO KEEP NIKKI'S GOING FOR 17 YEARS. ALSO, MY WIFE TWILA FOR ENDRUING THOSE LONG HOURS 365 DAYS A YEAR. SHOUT OUT TO MY RETAIL DAWGS DUCKO (JOY OF MUSIC), VINCE (NEW RELEASE), KERMIT (DRC MUSIC) AND SPECIAL THANKS TO MY CLEVELAND FAMILY, THE TECHNITIONS. ALSO, CAN'T FORGET THE HATERS. PEACE..
Tech.Nitions Magazine Ocotober 2002
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N'dambi's debut Stax Records release, "Pink Elephant" in record stores and on internet NOW.
N'dambi (meaning most beautiful) is a singer/songwriter/musician from Dallas, Texas. She has who has three independent albums; Little Lost Girls Blues, Tunin' Up & Cosignin and the Japanese album A Weird Kinda Wonderful. N'dambi has performed throughout the USA and Europe as well as in Japan and East Africa. Her press features include top publications including Vogue, Elle, Vibe, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, etc. Look for N'dambi's upcoming debut Stax Records release, Pink Elephant in 2009.
Soul music has produced some serious truth tellers in its most glorious past. Finding the conviction to pursue our fondest dreams and the courage to face-up to our darkest truth is perhaps the artist’s greatest challenge. Pink Elephant, the long-awaited Stax Records debut from stirring soul singer N’dambi, explores the art of revelation. “I want to write about the elephant in the room,” she explains of her third U.S. release. “They see her but refuse to acknowledge or talk about her, let alone confront her. That’s why I’m here.”
Pink Elephant was recorded in Santa Monica, California, with producer Leon Sylvers III, whose credits include work for Shalamar, Blackstreet, Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Lakeside and many more. N’dambi insisted the record have a modern sheen yet adhere to the sturdy influence of classic R&B and soul artists like Slave, Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Betty Davis, Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, and The Sylvers. That led her to The Sylvers’ famous producer, big brother, Leon. Working in the studio with the veteran producer forced her to dig deeper than she had before, pushing her voice into a higher register on some tracks while layering her molasses-drenched vocals into cushy multi-part harmonies on others.
N’dambi’s purposeful songwriting offers the listener detailed lyrical snapshots largely created from observations, rather than her own life. “Sometimes I write from my experience, but mostly I use my imagination to express myself through story telling,” she explains. “I think of the place, the time, the setting of a story, and invent a situation that shines a light on a particular issue or theme. They are rarely from my own life. More often, they’re someone else’s story.”
The striking singer’s storytelling skills are at peak form on Pink Elephant with tunes like the Rod Temperton, ‘80’s hip-hop flavored “Nobody Jones,” the story of a girl with big dreams who won’t let her humble beginnings stop her, and the delicious “L.I.E.,” a tale of a man living a double life along New York’s Long Island Expressway. Delusions of love spring up in the old school, love-gone-wrong melodic funk of “Daisy Chain”; “Ooo Baby,” is the smooth-grooving tale of reconnection with a former lover; while the blues-inflected “Imitator,” finds a young woman suffering over the collapse of her lover’s promises. “You’re not the man I used to know, you’re an imitator,” she sings on this mid-tempo urban gem. The hope of true love cries out in “The One,” a disarming jazz-tinged ballad kissed with a touch of classic Stax.
The album’s lead single “Can’t Hardly Wait,” is a biting chunk of scorching sarcasm delivered in the commanding singer’s rich tone. Her opening complaint, “I don’t know why I keep f***in’ wit you,” perfectly expresses the inability to turn a listless love loose. “It’s about being in a relationship that has gone awry,” N’dambi explains. “She knows good and well way before now that it’s no good, but she can’t get over the hump enough to get out of it.”
“Mind Blowin’,” a love song to the art and craft of music itself, features elements inspired by Isaac Hayes’ 1974 classic blaxspoitation film Truck Turner, primarily channeling the supreme swagger those films represent. She sings and performs her own drum beats on the irresistible “The World Is A Beat,” a percussive and pointed lament about the current state of the music business.
The daughter of strict Baptist ministers in Dallas, Texas - only two kinds of music were allowed in N’dambi’s house – gospel and country. Church was the center of the family’s life in every way and there was no middle ground. Secular music was forbidden, but its irresistible allure eventually trickled into her life and began impacting the maturing young singer. Blessed with a deep contralto, N’dambi became especially enamored with the male singers from the ‘70s and ‘80s she’d heard and identified with while hanging out with cousins and friends. The funky soul of Bar-Kays’ Larry Dodson, the sophisticated syncopation of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and the notorious abandon of the Ohio Players’ Sugafoot influenced her heavily. Later, the mysterious, uninhibited imagination of Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson also became musical and cultural touchstones.
Her independent streak led to college and a degree in English and creative writing from Southern Methodist University. Her developing, expressive voice, the poetic irony of her skillful writing ability and her musicianship as a classically trained pianist spurred N’dambi’s musical ambition. N’dambi sang back-up and collaborated with another rising soul seeker, Erykah Badu all the while honing her artistry and slowly building a fiercely loyal fan base that resonates with the organic, authentic approach to her life and music.
N’dambi delivered her debut solo CD Little Lost Girl Blues in 1999. Since then she has released the two-disc set Tunin' Up & Cosignin', and the 2005 set A Weird Kind Of Wonderful, which was released only in Japan. On Pink Elephant, N’dambi ingeniously distills soul-deep inspiration into a sensual style of elegance and power, making her a fundamental new addition to the Stax legacy.
Learn more about N'Dambi at www.ndambionline.com or www.myspace.com/ndambi
Aug 17 2009 9:00P
Busboys & Poets (In the Artist’s Studio)
WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Aug 31 2009 8:00P
Sep 4 2009 7:00P
Majic 1075/975 Outdoor Concert Series in Suwanee
Oct 30 2009 8:00P
Muse Café Theater- Black Academy of Arts and Letters
Oct 31 2009 8:00P
Muse Café Theater- Black Academy of Arts and Letters (2nd show)
LIST OF HOT NEW RECORDS ON THE NEW CD
1. L.I.E. 4:43
2. What It Takes 3:30
3. Nobody Jones 4:18
4. Ooo Baby 5:10
5. Mind Blowin' 3:34
6. The One 4:48
7. Take It Out 4:10
8. Daisy Chain 3:52
9. Can't Hardly Wait 4:26
10. The World Is A Beat 4:08
11. Imitator 4:56
12. Free Fallin' 3:20
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Christopher Bonner began his singing career at the tender age of ten at the “Artistic Studio School for Performing Arts”, with the assistance of his mother (Gwendolyn Bonner). While at this facility he trained in the following areas, vocal performance, Hip-Hop dance, and Acting. He has performed several places and has done several “None Profitable Events” that involved raising money for various organizations such as Race for the Cure and S.C.A.N. (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionist of America). Currently a member of the Black Reparatory Company, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, also known as “The Little Theater” in December 2006 he deputed in the nationally acclaimed musical entitled “The Black Nativity”- by Langston Hughes, under the direction of Mabel Robinson- (Black Reps Artistic Director- resume includes assistant choreographer for 1978 movie The Wiz) which was truly a success, Mr. Bonner also debuted in Broadways longest running musical nationally and internationally acclaimed “Smokie Joe’s Café-2007” as Michael, under the direction of Mitchell Sommers- Theatrical Director of CTG (Community Theater of Greensboro). Mr. Bonner dazzled the audience with three –months, ninety shows of his smooth dance steps and melodious, soulful voice. While working hard at his academic endeavors at “Winston-Salem State University” as a fourth year Music Business Management and Merchandising major with a concentration in Vocal Performance, Bonner plans to soon become a professional vocalist, song writer, and composer. Mr. Bonner is currently interning for Hidden Beach Records, a label that host artist such as Jill Scott and BeBe Winans. At Hidden Beach, Mr. Bonner works in the Artist & Repertoire department with event planning, strategic marketing and much more. Mr. Bonner has already made an impact in the Triad area and abroad with his Debut CD entitled “I’m Ready” not to mention his recent return from Carnegie Hall as he and other members of the WSSU choir performed John Rutter’s- Requiem. He’s currently writing his own lyrics and music to fabulous tunes such as “I Wanna Be”, “Everything”, and many more. He has appeared in the “Winston-Salem Journal” and “The Chronicle” on numerous occasions for his soulful singing. His main goal is to continue to allow God to mold, shape and brake him so that he may remain focused with his career endeavors.
Most recent performances:
Black Nativity-2008, North Carolina Black Reparatory Company, Mabel Robinson- Director
Carnegie Hall-2008 DWalla Simmons Burke-Choral and Vocal Director
Winston-Salem Symphony- Gospel Extravaganza- 2008 DWalla Simmons Burke-Choral and Vocal Director
Smokie Joes Café-2007, CTG (Community Theater of Greensboro)- Mithchell Sommers-Director
Dont Bother Me I cant Cope 2008- North Carolina Black Reparatory Company, Mabel Robinson- Director
269 Glen Eagle Dr.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27107
Phone Contact: 336.608.2081
North Carolina Black Reparatory Company Winston Salem State University Wake Forest University Barn Dinner Theater Winston-Salem Arts Council
WINSTON SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY-MUSIC BUSINESS-CONCENTATION IN VOCAL PERFORMANCE