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Meet Mballa Mendouga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mballa Mendouga.

Mballa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up with an incredible affinity for music must I focused most of my time in sports. My parents being African diplomats from Cameroon in Central Africa weren’t huge champions of me pursuing any music dreams so I initially just set them to the side — and daydreamed about being in real studio recording music. When I was diagnosed with cancer at age 13, eventually being forced to undergo an amputation to save my life, sports became less of an outlet. I started to zero in on my writing talents. I flirted with music journalism, PR and management, and finally accepted my true calling in 2014 after my father passed. Now I’m proud songwriter and creative director.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The greatest struggle along the way was figuring out how to stay motivated despite life’s curveballs. I’m a spiritual person so I freak out when I encounter personal setbacks and wonder if God is trying to send me a sign or push me in another direction. For example, as a songwriter, there was a period where I was falling out (almost irrationally) with all of my producers. It was terrifying because I thought, “well, what the hell am I going to submit?”. I originally wondered if it was a sign I should quit music. Then I came to LA and realized I was in ‘Producer Land’ but more than anything I saw it as an opportunity to start learning something new — making beats.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I operate as an independent contractor for creative services, but I move under the Luxe League, LLC and Normanstone Entertainment, LLC umbrellas. I’m known for my creative presentation skills in the music space. So hearing a song, and developing a vision for it, and identifying the talent to execute it. I work on Music videos and songs specifically. Consider it Content Strategy and execution specifically for the music industry.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As of right now, I’m bicoastal. I split my time between NC and LA, but the LA most is rather new. I’m looking forward to expanding my network in Los Angeles. I have my fingers crossed in hopes of writing for Normani too. I’ve submitted some songs so we’ll see how that goes!

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@9thwonderfx (IG), Rebecca Ward, Kennedi Carter

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