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This Black Music Month, Tiny Desk is giving the women their flowers. We’re releasing 9 Tiny Desk concert events from Black girls artists, from veterans who’ve paved the way in which for what we hear right now in Black music, to those that are carving out their very own paths.

Experiencing all the Tiny Desks this Black Music Month has made a lot of my desires come true, and Meshell Ndegeocello’s efficiency was no exception. For 30 years, the Grammy-winning artist’s music has solid an unflinching gaze on love, race, sexuality and faith. Her new album out in August, No Extra Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin, zooms out to concentrate on the love of humanity as impressed by the author and civil rights activist.

Her efficiency contains three songs from that album, beginning with “Journey,” which options Kenita Miller’s swirling whispers alongside Jake Sherman’s organ and Ndegeocello’s bass, which ushers us into her church service. “Thus Sayeth The Lorde” references the writings of Audre Lorde: “If I didn’t outline myself for myself, I’d be crunched into different individuals’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” This conviction has been the binding agent of Ndegeocello’s profession. Releasing her debut album at a time when most of the girls who dominated Black music have been singers who adopted an ultra-feminine aesthetic, as a bassist and vocalist, she gallantly eschewed that normal for androgyny, totally embracing her queer, two-spirit identification.

“Love” continues this theme, urging you to permit like to take over and settle for your self within the face of existential disaster. The ultimate songs of Ndegeocello’s Tiny Desk Live performance are fan favorites. First, we’re despatched off into house with the playful “Virgo,” from Ndegeocello’s album The Omnichord Actual Ebook. Then, she brings us again to Earth with the craving “Outdoors Your Door.”


  • “Journey”
  • “Thus Sayeth The Lorde”
  • “Love”
  • “Virgo”
  • “Outdoors Your Door”


  • Meshell Ndegeocello: vocals, bass
  • Jake Sherman: organ
  • Justin Hicks: vocals
  • Abe Rounds: drums, vocals
  • Chris Bruce: guitar
  • Kenita Miller: vocals
  • Kyle Miles: bass


  • Producer: Nikki Birch
  • Director/Editor: Maia Stern
  • Audio Technical Director: Josephine Nyounai
  • Host/Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Kara Body, Mitra I. Arthur
  • Audio Engineer: Carleigh Unusual
  • Manufacturing Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Photographer: Ben de la Cruz
  • Animation: Jackie Lay
  • Florist: Kelanda Edwards
  • Tiny Desk Copy Editor: Hazel Cills
  • Govt Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Sequence Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins


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