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Meshell Ndegeocello Announces Nina Simone Tribute Album

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Following the release of last year’s critically-acclaimed Weather, Meshell Ndegeocello has announced the release of her tenth, entitled Pour une ame souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), a dedication to iconic musician Nina Simone.

The singer/songwriter reworks some of Simone’s best-knwon tracks, with help from guest stars Sinead O’ Connor, Liz Wright, Valerine June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChestnuTT. To give fans a taste of the album, Meshell has released a cover of “Be My Husband,” her collaboration with Valerine June. Other songs on the album include ones written by Simone herself (“Real Real”) and for her (“To Be Young, Gifted and Black”) as well as traditional classics (“Feelin’ Good”).

Meshell describes the album as “a dedication to Nina Simone and her incredible influence but it is also a dedication to the single, interior life we all experience. She wanted success, was pressured to make hits, but her own sound was still irrepressible,” explains Meshell. “She had things to say, she protested. She was a loud, proud black, female voice during a time when black female voices were not encouraged to make themselves heard.”

Chris Bruce, who co-produced the album with wrote the arrangements, said “We really wanted to do something we felt was true to Nina Simone. By that realizing it meant we had to do what felt true to us. The aim was not to re-create the existing versions, because we felt strongly that the only way to honor Nina would be for Meshell to find her own voice in the material. Nina was always exploring and experimenting, and quite cathartic … we wanted to tap into that same creative spirit and make the songs our own. And in the end hopefully have something we feel she would appreciate and feel pride.”

Listen to and download “Be My Husband,” HERE, and view the tracklist and Meshell’s tour dates below.

Pour une âme souveraine Track List

1. Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

2. Suzanne

3. Real Real feat. Toshi Reagon

4. House of the Rising Sun feat. Toshi Reagon

5. Turn Me On

6. Feelin’ good

7. Don’t Take All Night feat. Sinead O’Connor

8. Nobody’s Fault But Mine feat. Lizz Wright

9. Be My Husband feat. Valerie June

10. Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair feat. Valerie June

11. See Line Woman feat. Tracy Wannomae

12. Either Way I Lose

13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black feat. Cody ChesnuTT

14. Four Women

Meshell Ndegeocello Tour Dates

07/20: New York, NY @ Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall

07/28: New York, NY @ The Fats Waller Dance Party, Annunciation Park on Bruce Paltrow Field

08/04: Oakland, CA @ Art & Soul Festival

08/11: Burnaby, CA @ Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

08/27: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon

08/28: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon

08/29: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon

08/30: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon

08/31: Big Indian, NY @ Women’s Music Summit, Full Moon

09/07: Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum

09/08: Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum

10/19: Durham, NC @ Duke University, Reynolds Industry Theater

10/20: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall Theater

12/07: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Live

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