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Albums Of The Week: Meshell Ndegeocello | Red Hot & Ra: The Magic City

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Red Hot + Ra: The Magic City is a profound musical journey curated by Grammy-winning bassist-composer-producer Meshell Ndegeocello.

Recorded with a diverse ensemble, including the legendary 99-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen and vocalist Pink Siifu, this album transcends traditional covers, offering entirely new compositions inspired by Sun Ra’s philosophy. With a multi-generational cast of community musicians, the project recontextualizes Ra’s work, avoiding clichés and presenting a brighter perspective than its predecessor, 2023’s Red Hot + Ra: Nuclear War.

Immerse yourself in the dreamlike and soulful interpretation of Ra’s composition as The Magic City marks the third installment in the Red Hot & Ra series. This album is a testament to Ndegeocello’s visionary approach. The iconic singer-songwriter and artist brings forth a present-time experience that honors Ra’s legacy while navigating the complexities of our society. Join the celebration of Ra’s music with Red Hot + Ra: Magic City, a transformative musical experience that invites listeners to design their own path in the cosmic realm of sound.”