Duke Performances

Meshell Ndegeocello
Ventriloquism: A Night of Covers

Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 9:00 pm

Motorco Music Hall


The singer, songwriter, and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello is one of the most beloved and elusive musicians of our times. A pioneer of the sophisticated welter of urban pop styles called neo-soul, she remains unmistakable for the dazzle of her bass playing and the “dark, stoic clarity” (NY Times) of her singing.

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Following her career showcase of original music at Reynolds Theater, the neo-soul legend Meshell Ndegeocello offers a cozier, funkier night of cover songs — “ventriloquism,” as she describes it — in Motorco Music Hall, an accommodating and casual venue to discover what inspires a singer who has inspired so many herself. With her intently focused singing and lyrical, propulsive bass-playing, Ndegeocello puts her indelible stamp on songs by the likes of Prince, Nina Simone, and Gil Scott-Heron. After expanding minds at Reynolds, Ndegeocello loosens hips at Motorco.

 

Meshell Ndegeocello is a co-presentation of Duke Performances and Motorco Music Hall.

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