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Thursday, December 6: Meshell Ndegeocello @ MIM

Meshell Ndegeocello's latest album Pour une âme souveraine ("for a sovereign soul") is the perfect compliment to the career of an artist as vast and complex as Nina Simone.

Paying homage to Simone, Ndegeocello, whose career spans more than two decades, shines brilliantly on tracks like "House of the Rising Sun" and "Be My Husband," bouncing between genres like soul, R&B, and funk effortlessly.

Like Simone, Ndegeocello is impossible to put in a box. She's rapped, played bass with Madonna, and is probably one of the biggest influences in the neo-soul revival. She, like the late Simone, is also an activist. Her 2011 album Weather would have been hard to follow. But Ndegeocello does just that, with gusto and spirit. --Richard Noel

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