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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meshell Ndegeocello Announces New Album, Plays SF

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM

She's An Enigma: Meshell Ndegeocello - MARK SELIGER
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  • She's An Enigma: Meshell Ndegeocello

I've always had a lot of respect and admiration for Meshell Ndegeocello. Besides being a superlative musician, the African American bassist is one of the most unlikely gay icons of our time; I remember seeing a show at the Independent a few years back where she lambasted her lesbian fan base for not feeling the rawness of her grooves. I can't imagine Pink, Madonna, or Rufus Wainwright doing the same thing.

Meshell is a bit of a musical chameleon - her muse is an active one, it seems. Her sonic journey has taken her into many realms, including alt.R&B, D.C. go-go, hip-hop, electronic music, experimental jazz, classic Motown soul, and Van Morrison covers with John Cougar Mellencamp. Her new album Devil's Halo, which drops October 6, has been called "an irresistible combination of R&B, rock, new wave, and everything in-between," which confirms that she continues to defy categorization. Underlining that point, her MySpace page describes her sound as "Japanese Classical/Christian Rap/Regional Mexican," which may or may not be a joke on her part. Ndegeocello plays the Independent October 24.

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