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Meshell Ndegeocello Releases “Pour une âme souveraine” – A Tribute to Nina Simone

Meshell Ndegeocello: Pour une âme souveraineMeshell Ndegeocello is following up her 2011 release, Weather, with the release of her tenth studio album, Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”). The album is a dedication to Nina Simone, who Ndegeocello says was a “powerful influence both musically and politically”.

“She wanted success, was pressured to make hits, but her own sound was still irrepressible,” said the singer-songwriter/bassist. “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.”

Joined by guitarist Chris Bruce, keyboardist Jebin Bruni and drummer Deantoni Parks, Ndegeocello recorded the album in just ten days. Guest appearances on the album include Sinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT.

The album offers up a mix of classic tunes and songs written by and for Simone.

“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,” says Chris Bruce, who co-produced the album along with Meshell, and wrote the arrangements. “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. If you are familiar with her work at all you will frequently find that there exist multiple versions of the same song. So 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.”

Pour une âme souveraine is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Preview and download Pour une âme souveraine:

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

Ndegeocello is currently on tour. Here are the upcoming tour dates:

  • October 14, 2012: Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
  • October 15, 2012: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
  • October 16, 2012: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
  • October 19, 2012: Durham, NC @ Duke University, Reynolds Industry Theater
  • October 20, 2012: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall Theater
  • November 23, 2012: Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
  • December 1, 2012: Detroit, MI @ Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
  • December 4, 2012: Austin, TX @ One World Theater
  • December 7, 2012: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Live
  • December 9, 2012: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
  • December 12, 2012: Portland, OR @ Mission Theater