Ventriloquism: A Night of Covers
Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 9:00 pm
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.
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.