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Meshell Ndegeocello Finds Healing in Her Favorite Songs

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Meshell Ndegeocello plays the Freight and Salvage May 3 and 4 (Courtesy of Meshell Ndegeocello)

Bassist, singer-songwriter and iconoclast Meshell Ndegeocello has had a rough couple of years. She lost one of her parents to leukemia and another to dementia. So, according to interviews, Ndegeocello found herself listening to old songs — favorites from the ’80s and ’90s that made her feel whole again. Those songs formed the basis for her new album, Ventriloquism.

My co-host Ariana Proehl says Ndegeocello is one of her favorite artists of all time. Personally, I’m always amazed by Ndegeocello’s versatility. On the new album she does everything from love ballads like Ralph Tresvant’s “Sensitivity” to George Clinton’s funk masterpiece “Atomic Dog.”  Expect Ndegeocello to do those songs and old favorites as she settles in for two nights in the intimate Freight and Salvage in Berkeley May 3 and 4. TIckets are pricey, but worth it. Details here.


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