Meshell Ndegeocello announces Melbourne Recital Centre performance

Visiting our shores for Bluesfest, 10-time Grammy nominee Meshell Ndegeocello has captivated audiences around the world with her unique blend of hip hop, soul, jazz, rock and R&B and now it’s Melbourne’s turn when Meshell takes to the stage at Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on Wednesday 24 April.

A pioneer of the neo-soul movement, Meshell Ndegeocello will be taking fans on an intimate journey through her latest album Ventriloquism, which has garnered global acclaim and was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

For her 12th studio album Ventriloquism, Meshell Ndegeocello takes some of the most-loved radio hits from the 80s and 90s including TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’, ‘Sometimes it Snows in April’ by Prince, Sade’s ‘Smooth Operator’, Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer’ and ‘Atomic Dog 2017’ by George Clinton and completely reimagines these familiar tracks through her diverse, multi-genre lens. The results are dynamic, profound and add a new dimension to the narrative of each song with each surprising, genre-contrasting interpretation.

‘Early on in my career, I was told to make the same kind of album again and again, and when I didn’t do that, I lost support. There isn’t much diversity within genres, which are ghettoizing themselves, and I liked the idea of turning hits I loved into something even just a little less familiar or formulaic. It was an opportunity to pay a new kind of tribute.’ Meshell states.

NPR hailed Ventriloqism as ‘more than a reinterpretation of songs from the era’s urban/pop catalog; it’s a resuscitation. Somehow, Ndegeocello breathes old soul into a collection of post-soul classics and elevates them to their rightful place in the pantheon’

In addition to her own prolific back catalogue of releases, Meshell Ndegeocello played bass and rapped on Madonna’s track I’d Rather be Your Lover and as well as Chaka Khan’s single Never Miss The Water which reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play Chart and has also contributed to recordings with The Rolling Stones, Basement Jaxx, Alanis Morissette and The Blind Boys of Alabama to name just a few.

Don’t miss your chance to see Meshell Ndegeocello performing Ventriloquism live at Melbourne Recital Centre in April!

Listen to Meshell Ndegeocello’s reimagining of TLC’s Waterfalls from her album Ventriloquism here

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with The Kurland Agency

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank

Tickets from $59 available now via or (03) 9699 3333