Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello

Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello

by Jon O'Bergh, Andre Akinyele




Multi-Grammy Nominated Meshell Ndegeocello is a rare breed in the music industry. She has survived and weathered the ups and downs of the business by evolving musically, even against fans' expectations. But, even more, she has also evolved spiritually. She's like an older sister or close relative who you watch growing up right before your very eyes, from crazy and wild to mature and content within herself. From her first album Plantation Lullabies to her current Comet, Come To Me, musicians and authors André Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh try to capture the essence of Meshell's music from a fan's point of view through the contemplation of her musical journey that has been the soundtrack to our lives. The book combines personal reflections on how she has influenced and inspired the authors, and also takes the reader inside her music, explaining why she and her music are so powerful and successful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631927317
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

André Akinyele is an entrepreneur, a musician, graphic designer, and author. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland and an Associate's of Arts Degree in Music Technology from Foothill College. He is the owner of Bombay Recording Co., Pearl Jazz Recording, and the Orange River enterprise. He has recorded under the names Marcel (1998–2004), Ajamu Akinyele (2005–2006), as the bandleader and bassist of the jazz-funk band Gemini Soul (2005–Present), and André Akinyele (2010–Present).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Plantation Lullabies 9

Peace Beyond Passion 25

Bitter 39

Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape 49

Comfort Woman 69

The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance Of The Infidel 77

The Article 3 EP 85

The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams 91

Devil's Halo 105

Weather 115

Pour Une Âme Souveraine A Dedication To Nina Simone 125

Comet, Come To Me 131

Conclusion 149

Acknowledgments 153

Discography 155

Authors' Top Meshell Albums 156

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