Former Bay Area native Meshell Ndegeocello recently contributed a cover of U2’s “40” to Downtown Records’ “Raise Hope For Congo” anthology, as well as the Enough Project, dedicated to ending human genocide and war crimes, especially in Africa.
The blustery bassist also just wrapped a series of Prince-themed shows, wherein she reinterpreted Purple One classics both locally and around the world, including Paris. Is she retreating to her rustic upstate New York home for some well-earned R&R?
She’s issuing a brand-new album, this time on Naïve, called “Weather” — a phenomenon she now experiences in all its East-Coast, seasonal glory.
Tracks like “Dirty World” are already up for auditing online. And this one marks a few interesting career turns for her. The suddenly omnipresent folk-rocker Joe Henry produced “Weather” (which hits the street Nov. 8) and guest-starred on it, and other curious cameos include Benji Hughes and ex-Ministry/Revolting Cocks noisemaker Chris Connelly. Ndgeocello even puts her own funky spin on Leonard Cohen’s definitive ode to Janis Joplin, “Chelsea Hotel,” this time around.
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