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13Mar
Meshell Ndegeocello
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM Yoshi's - Jack London Square

Meshell Ndegeocello

Date: March 13, 2019 to March 13, 2019
Where: Yoshi's - Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, California, United States, 94607
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There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. Ventriloquism, the latest album from Meshell Ndegeocello, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many.Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocellos work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. Ndegeocello filters Tender Love through a folky, Californian filter and brings Vaudevillian accents to Sensitivity. She recreates Smooth Operator in five, and turns Private Dancer into a sultry waltz. The reimagining affords not just a new musical experience but also a comment on the narrow expectations of sounds and structures for black artists and black music.Early on in my career, I was told to make the same kind of album again and again, and when I didnt do that, I lost support. There isnt much diversity within genres, which are ghettoizing themselves, and I liked the idea of turning hits I loved into something even just a little less familiar or formulaic. It was an opportunity to pay a new kind of tribute.This album was recorded in Los Angeles with the familiar family of partners and players that Meshell has worked with fo
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