If ever there was a bird that could sing songs that transformed your core into something unrecognisable, a song that made every sensation in your body shout out and yearn for deep touch, Meshell Ndegeocello would be such a creature. Indeed, her adopted last name is Swahili for “free like a bird”. With her freedom, this bird has the ability to do magical things with just a strum of her bass guitar and the lick of her vocal chords.
Born in Berlin to an army lieutenant/saxophonist and a social worker, Meshell Lynn Johnson crafted her skills at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. From then on, she would provoke and stir the world in a way that led to some of the most sexually explorative and unwaveringly honest music to ever be released in the 90s and throughout the 2000s.
She’s been praised and lambasted by critics and so-called musical connoisseurs alike; however, she’s never strayed from her originality and her honesty. She explores the root of music, the heart of song and sound.