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Ndegeocello to Release New CD

Meshell Ndegeocello is set to release her latest CD, Dance of the Infidels, on June 21 on Shanachie. The album features a variety of guest artist, including Cassandra Wilson, the Brazilian Girls’ Sabina, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove and Jack DeJohnette.

Fusing together elements from funk, R&B, jazz, soul and reggae, Dance of the Infidels uses instrumental pieces over vocals, with only three exceptions: “The Chosen” with Wilson, “Aquarium” with Sabina (which she also cowrote) and “When Did You Leave Heaven?” with Lalah Hathaway.

“Right now, I have nothing [verbally] to say… What I feel I can express a lot better in instrumental music,” Ndegeocello said in a previous JazzTimes article.

Ndegeocello released her first album in 1993 and scored a hit a year later with “If That Was Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night).” That same year, she also performed bass and vocals with John Mellencamp on his Dance Naked album, which contained the hit song “Wild Night.”

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