A Master Class with Meshell Ndegeocello
Singer, bassist, and composer Meshell Ndegeocello honed her skills on the D.C. go-go circuit in the late 1980s. Going solo, she was one of the first artists to sign with Maverick Records. Her debut album on that label, Plantation Lullabies, presented a distinctly androgynous persona. Her most recent album, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, came out in 2007.
Ndegeocello has appeared on recordings by Basement Jaxx, Blind Boys of Alabama, Indigo Girls, Madonna, Alanis Morissette, and the Rolling Stones. In the late 1990s, she toured with Lilith Fair.
Her music has been featured in a number of film soundtracks, including Batman and Robin, Down in the Delta, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Love Jones, and Talk to Me. She can be seen in the documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown.