Rhymes Of Passion

With a boost from Madonna, Me'Shell NdegeOcello is soaring with her broken-hearted revolutionary love songs

ME'SHELL NDEGEOCELLO IS A gay, black, single mother with a shaved head and a nearly unpronounceable name (actually, it's Me-shell Nuh-day-gay-O-chel-lo). Not the usual stuff of rock stardom. Female rockers have a better shot, convention holds, if they are boy toys with cute, catchy names like . . . Madonna. NdegeOcello spent two years trying to interest record companies in her iconoclastic music, a shotgun marriage of funk, jazz, hip-hop and angry poetry that she calls "brokenhearted revolutionary love songs." Finally, in despair and ready to enroll in barber school, she got a phone call, and a record deal, rom the...

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