Meshell Ndegeocello

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Meshell Ndegocello is a goddess, pure and simple. She’s a hero of culture who both defies and champions genres like funk, soul and jazz and does it with such ease and grace. The 45-year-old queer feminist definitely has a tight bass game, and in a way, it’s most potent on her outstanding 1993 debut, Plantation Lullabies. It’s very Ani DiFranco meets Salt ‘N Pepa meets Bootsy Collins. She’s been credited by some as a pioneer in the neo-soul movement and did so with short, tight hair, subtle sexuality—well, aside from “If That’s Your Boyfriend”—and that old-school girl-power that fueled the ‘90s. She’s as talented as Prince and Maxwell and undoubtedly soul sisters with the likes of misses Badu, Scott, Hill and Stone, plus greats like Les Nubians, Ledisi and the defunct Floetry.

Fast-forward 10 studio LPs later and, listening to her upcoming Comet, Come To Me, out this week, you can hear a beautiful maturation. Like on the title track, Ndegocello plays expertly with rhythms, patterns, layers and textures. It’s downright funky and contemporary; she seems to have gotten more comfortable with modernizing her special blend of reggae, confessional songwriting and experimentation—and is doing so with a full-ass band. Through it all is her delicately gorgeous voice, betraying that you-can’t-fuck-with me aesthetic; it undulates with vulnerability, hurt and intensity. This is the kind of show where you’ll want to be held, to sway and dip your head and lose yourself in the beauty of her world. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $25-$40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
 

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 06/06/2014. .

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