29 August 1969, Berlin, West Germany. Introduced early on in her career by her PR machine as a female equivalent to Prince, Ndegéocello has embraced both the hip-hop and R&B markets while producing music that has grown increasingly ambitious and challenging.
Like Prince, Ndegéocello is a multi-instrumentalist, and writes, produces and plays on all her songs. Her name is Swahili, meaning free like a bird. After a nomadic life as the child of a US forces man, her first love was art rather than the jazz skills of her father and brother. Much of her youth was spent in Washingtons go-go scene, where at one point she was actually shot at while on stage with Little Bennie And The Masters, at the Cherry Atlantic Skating Rink. Her interest in music blossomed when her brother started playing guitar in a local band; when the bass player left his instrument lying around after rehearsal, Ndegéocello...
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