The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello

Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
170 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2015
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Author Biography

André Akinyele is an entrepreneur, a musician, graphic designer, and author. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Maryland and an Associate's of Arts Degree in Music Technology from Foothill College. He is the owner of Bombay Recording Co., Pearl Jazz Recording, and the Orange River enterprise. He has recorded under the names Marcel (1998-2004), Ajamu Akinyele (2005-2006), as the bandleader and bassist of the jazz-funk band Gemini Soul (2005-Present), and André Akinyele (2010-Present).

Co-Author Jon O'Bergh is a musician and author. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Music from the University of California at Irvine. He has written several books including Song of Fire and A Book of Hauntings. He is also the pianist and keyboardist for Gemini Soul. As a musician, O'Bergh has released thirteen solo albums.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello is a book of musical commentary by Andre Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh. The authors take their readers on a journey through the complete works of contemporary artist Meshell Ndegeocello, album by album, offering various insights from technical, personal and emotional levels as to the secret of her success. In each chapter, Andre Akinyele reflects personally on the album and the ways in which Ndegeocello’s music inspired his life at the time, whilst musician Jon O'Bergh then takes over to delve into the musical nuances that make up the work and goes some way in explaining how such original and rule-breaking sound is formed.

Having never heard the music of Meshell Ndegeocello before, I thought I might be lost when reading Elliptical, but its authors do a splendid job of drawing you into their work, whether you are an expert or a novice in the field of contemporary music. I loved Andre Akinyele’s colourful account of his own life and career as he recounts where he was in the world when each album was released and his enthusiasm and excitement for Ndegeocello’s latest works. Jon O'Bergh presents masterful music journalism to accompany this with full biographical and developmental information about the artist and her craft. Overall, this combination forms a whole world of interesting music and experiences for the reader to step into, and I for one have come away from Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello wanting to explore the artist herself and experience the music.

SPR Book Review

"Most of all, Akinyele's absolute passion for Ndegeocello's music is endearing, and fans of her work are going to be nodding their heads in recognition…"


5 Star Rating