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  • Genre:MUSIC
  • SubGenre:Individual Composer & Musician
  • Language:English
  • Pages:172
  • eBook ISBN:9781631927324
  • Paperback ISBN:9781631927317


The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello

by André Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh

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Authors André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh explore one of the most fascinating and creative figures in contemporary music: Meshell Ndegeocello. She’s an artist who defies labels and music genres, continually inspiring many with her profound vision.


Multi-Grammy Nominated Meshell Ndegeocello is a rare breed in the music industry. She has survived and weathered the ups and downs of the business by evolving musically, even against fans' expectations. But, even more, she has also evolved spiritually. She's like an older sister or close relative who you watch growing up right before your very eyes, from crazy and wild to mature and content within herself. From her first album Plantation Lullabies to her current Comet, Come To Me, musicians and authors André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh try to capture the essence of Meshell's music from a fan's point of view through the contemplation of her musical journey that has been the soundtrack to our lives. The book combines personal reflections on how she has influenced and inspired the authors, and also takes the reader inside her music, explaining why she and her music are so powerful and successful.

About the author

André Akinyele is an entrepreneur, a musician, graphic designer, and author. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland and an Associate's of Arts Degree in Music Technology from Foothill College. He is the owner of Bombay Recording Company, Pearl Jazz Recording, and the Orange River enterprise. He has recorded under the names Marcel (1998–2004), Ajamu Akinyele (2005–2006), as the bandleader and bassist of the jazz-funk band Gemini Soul (2005–Present), and André Akinyele (2010–Present).

Jon O'Bergh is a musician and author. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Music from the University of California at Irvine. He has written several books including Song of Fire and A Book of Hauntings. Jon is also the pianist and keyboardist for Gemini Soul. As a musician, Jon has released twelve solo albums.