03/14/2019

Meshell Ndegeocello speaks the truth at Yoshi's

For two nights (3/12-13/19) Meshell Ndegeocello along with her amazing band and spoken-word poet Stacyann Chin treated her audience to several excerpts from "Can I Get a Witness? The Gospel of James Baldwin." Fierce, powerful, poetic truth came pouring down.

Can I Get a Witness? The Gospel of James Baldwin is a 2016 musical theatrical tribute to writer James Baldwin created by musician Meshell Ndegeocello, it debuted in December 2016 at the Harlem Stage in Harlem, New York. Here's a NY Times review from 2016. Oh I wish I had seen that performance! 

What a treat to be get even a piece of this. My IG post went something like this: Thank you @officialmeshell and @staceyannchin and the talented beautiful musicians that brought your hearts and voices to @yoshis_oak last night. I was mesmerized and moved by No More Water / The Fire Next Time: The Gospel According to James Baldwin. #followblackwomen #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlmagic #speakyourtruth #blm #surf #wakeupbayarea

The Fire Next Time is a 1963 non-fiction book by James Baldwin. It contains two essays: "My Dungeon Shook — Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation," and "Down At The Cross — Letter from a Region of My Mind." The first essay, written in the form of a letter to Baldwin's 14-year-old nephew, discusses the central role of race in American history. The second essay deals with the relations between race and religion, focusing in particular on Baldwin's experiences with the Christian church as a youth, as well as the Islamic ideas of others in Harlem.