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Her latest album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, Ndegeocello expresses her gratitude to the legendary jazz vocalist, one of her biggest musical influences.Comprised of a mix of traditional classics (“Feelin’ Good”), songs written by Nina Simone herself (“Real Real”), and for her (“To Be Young, Gifted and Black” by Weldon Irvine), the album represents a full spectrum of Nina Simone’s work and life.
As Meshell describes, this album is “a dedication to Nina Simone and her incredible influence but it is also a dedication to the single, interior life we all experience.” Revered by Meshell, Nina Simone was a powerful influence both musically and politically. Her music was highly instrumental in the fight for equal rights in the United States. “She wanted success, was pressured to make hits, but her own sound was still irrepressible,” explains Meshell. “She had things to say, she protested. She was a loud, proud black, female voice during a time when black female voices were not encouraged to make themselves heard.”