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Meshell Ndegeocello is a multi-talented American singer, bass player, and composer whose 1993 album Plantation Lullabies is rightly thought as the milestone and starting point for the neo soul movement. Her music entails a kaleidoscopic range of styles where funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, and rock come together. The highly acclaimed artist has 10 Grammy nominations during her career, and her 11 solo albums are proof of the continuously lively energy of the creative nature.

 

Michelle Lynn Johnson who was born in Berlin, but moved to Washington at an early age with her family, changed her name to Ndegeocello which means ‘free as a bird’ in Swahili. Art and music educated Meshelli’s road to music opened through the r’n’b, hip hop, and funk fused go-go scene in Washington. Ndegeocello who listened to Prince’s album Dirty Mind to the displeasure of her conservative parents, says that both words and the post modern punk captivated her in Prince’s music: ‘It gave you the feeling of being invincible.’ Later, when she was picking her record label, Ndegeocello could join Prince’s studio, but she decided to go for Madonna’s label Maverick. The debut album introduced the strong stances of Meshelli’s, supported by the musician’s androgynous nature.

 

Meshelli’s music stems from African roots and as that as a base, she dissects topics related to gender affiliation and sexuality, but also prejudice and racism. On her last album ‘Comet, Come to Me’, her creative edge is still very sharp and the early emphasis on soul and hip hop is accentuated by the colourful sides of pop, indie, and electronica that is revealed by the musically multifaceted heritage of Americana.

 

Her list of musical collaborations is impressive – Herbie Hancock, John Mellencamp, Chaka Khan, Rolling Stones, Alanis Morrissette, and Basement Jaxx among others. Her music has also been used in many films. Listeners know Ndegeocello the best for her collaboration with John Mellencamp. The Van Morrison cover ‘Wild Night’ got a Grammy nomination in addition to high positions in charts. As an artist and activist, she has developed the career opportunities of independent artists, has worked in campaigns for AIDS awareness, supported peace projects and women’s rights around the world. In spring 2017, Meshelli’s new album is expected to be released.

 

Until 31 December 2016, ticket prices are 20.-/15.-

From 1 January 2017, ticket prices will be 25.-/20.-

From 1 April 2017, ticket prices will be 30.-/25.-

Members:

Meshell Ndegeocello
vocal, bass
Christopher Bruce
guitar
Jebin Bruni
keyboard
Abraham Rounds
drums