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Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello

By André Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh

Orange River Books | Distributed by BookBaby | 170 pages | ISBN 978–1631927317 | March 31, 2015

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★★★★ “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…” SPR Book Review

★★★★★ GoodReads.com

“Experienced musicians and passionate Ndegeocello fans will find much of interest…” Kirkus Reviews

★★★★★ "Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello…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." K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite

 

 

Synopsis

Musicians and authors André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh explore one of the most fascinating and creative figures in contemporary music: Multi-Grammy nominated Meshell Ndegeocello. She’s an artist who defies labels and music genres, continually inspiring many with her profound vision. Ndegeocello is a rare breed in the music industry, and has weathered the ups and downs of the business by evolving musically, even against fans' expectations. But, even more, she has also evolved spiritually. She's like an older sister or close relative who you watch growing up right before your very eyes, from crazy and wild to mature and content within herself.

 

From Ndegeocello's first album Plantation Lullabies to her current Comet, Come To Me, Akinyele and O’Bergh capture the essence of her music from a fan's point of view, contemplating her musical journey that has been the soundtrack to our lives. Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello combines personal reflections and takes the reader inside her music, explaining why she and her music are so powerful and successful.

 

 

About The Authors

Musician and Author Andre Akinyele

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).

 

Musician and Author Jon O'Bergh

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 twelve solo albums.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2015

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BOOK RELEASE: “ELLIPTICAL: THE MUSIC OF MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO” AVAILABLE MARCH 31, 2015

 

Musicians and authors André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh are slated to release “ELLIPTICAL: THE MUSIC OF MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO” on March 31, 2015, the first book ever written in regards to the Multi-Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist.

 

However, a Limited Autographed Print Edition—by the authors— is now available, exclusively at Amazon.com (Limited 100 Copies) [http://amzn.to/1yqC2wR]. This offer is ongoing until sold out.

“ELLIPTICAL: THE MUSIC OF MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO” explores one of the most fascinating and creative figures in contemporary music: Meshell Ndegeocello. She’s an artist who defies labels and music genres, continually inspiring many with her profound vision. Meshell Ndegeocello is a rare breed in the music industry. She has survived and weathered the ups and downs of the business by evolving musically, even against fans’ expectations. But, even more, she has also evolved spiritually. She’s like an older sister or close relative who you watch growing up right before your very eyes, from crazy and wild to mature and content within herself.

 

From her first album Plantation Lullabies to her current Comet, Come To Me, André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh try to capture the essence of Meshell’s music from a fan’s point of view through the contemplation of her musical journey that has been the soundtrack to our lives. The book combines personal reflections on how she has influenced and inspired the authors, and takes the reader inside her music, explaining why she and her music are so powerful and successful.

 

“ELLIPTICAL: THE MUSIC OF MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO” will be available in print for $19.99 and eBook for $15.99 in stores and at major online book retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Powell's Books.

 

For further information, please contact Orange River Books.

About

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer André Akinyele has recorded under the names Marcel and Ajamu Akinyele, exploring multiple music genres. He is the bandleader and bassist of the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Looking for Lester, as well as the vocalist and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush. He is also the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.

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