New Meshell Ndegeocello Tribute Projects: Bassist Meshell Ndegeocello is keeping quite busy these days. The funk/neo-soul songstress has a new album slated for release in October, entitled Pour une âme souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone and will feature special guests Sinead O’Conner, Lizz Wright and others. Although there have been various Nina Simone tributes since the jazz great’s death in 2003, we are sure that Meshell’s will be Nina-worthy and one to look out for.
In a separate tribute, Meshell is one of many performers slated to pay homage to the great Curtis Mayfield on July 20th in New York City in a concert billed as “Here But I’m Gone: A 70th Birthday Tribute To Curtis Mayfield”. The performance is a product of a collaboration between Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield estate, and is a one-night-only event that pays tribute to the late Mayfield, an iconic Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member whose music served as a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, introducing poetry and moral affirmation into pop, soul, funk, and R&B.
Meshell currently has a series of summer tour dates planned that include stops in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Durham and Los Angeles among other cities.