February 11, 2016
Ten-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello is a bassist, singer, rapper and activist who composes music and writes powerful lyrics that explore the intersection between race, politics, and sexuality. After her debut album Plantation Lullabies in 1993 Ndegeocello has consistently released music that mixes jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and rock.
Born Michelle Lynn Johnson in Germany in 1968, Ndegeocello adopted her last name from the East African Swahili language. The name means “free like a bird.” She has worked with a wide range of musicians across different genres, including DJ Premier, Joshua Redman, Bill Summers, and Wah Wah Watson, David Fiuczynski. John Mellencamp, Chaka Khan, rapper Queen Pen, Pat Metheny, Malian singer Oumou Sangare, Lisa Germano and Oren Bloedow. Ndegéocello’s 2012 album “Pour une Âme Souveraine” is a dedication to Nina Simone, the legendary African American singer, pianist, composer, and activist.
Jazz Concert – Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:30pm at the Missouri Theatre
Join us for an invigorating evening of jazz, funk, and Rhythm & Blues with award-winning jass bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello. The artist will be joined by MU’s jazz band under the direction of Dr. Arthur White. Following the performance, Dr. Stephanie Shonekan will moderate discussion with Ndegocello.