Meshell Ndegeocello Clinic

Monday / February 14, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

With The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, Meshell Ndegeocello releases her seventh musical wonder to the world. Channelled through orchestral soundscapes and an unapologetic punk aesthetic, Ndegeocello questions the inevitable, inconceivable brutality of the world with an arsenal of familiar themes: faith, rage, despair, fleeting joy, and nagging doubt.

For those who jones for the devastating bass lines and aching lyrics of prior releases, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams does not disappoint. With contributions from kindred musical souls Pat Metheny, saxophonist Oliver Lake, Doyle Bramhall II, vocalists Thandiswa Mazwai and Oumou Sangare, and keyboard heavyweights Jason Lindner and Robert Glasper, the album is a continuation of the journey—a quest for truth, a plea for beauty, and an elegy for former selves. That said, the truest hallmark of a Meshell Ndegeocello record is in its honest evolution from the last, from any before, and as another stop on the way to transcendence. 

Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up with the politics of explaining herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, the prolific songwriter, and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim; the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters, and composers; and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans. For the sake of setting the record straight, a few brass tacks remain: Ndegeocello was born in Germany, raised in D.C., signed at 23, and has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards.

Let good music prevail.