Some of you already know that as a solo artist and band leader, I have shared the stage with some great artists, including Meshell Ndege Ocello. What you may not know, is that back in the fall of 2001, “Live Magazine” asked me to interview her. Here is a snippet from that article.
Complexity. The missing puzzle piece, the thing whose absence leaves a gaping vacuum in the spirit of an entire generation of music listeners. And nowhere is this emptiness more evident than in the ‘bling-bling’ world of American popular music. This however is not the world of Meshell Ndegeocello (still the name she uses professionally, though now legally Meshell Suhaila Bashir). Her world is a place arrived at by continually deciding to take the path less traveled as a means to reach musical truth. It is a place attained by understanding life as not simply black and white, but as shifting shades of gray. Meshell finds the “Funk” between the cracks of Hip/Hop, Jazz, Soul and Rock and Roll. She defies the labels that might make her more readily accessible to an industry that prides itself on neat little packages ordered and classified by demographics and test marketing. She takes the path less traveled, and that has made all the difference.
The full interview can be found on Meshell’s official website at: