Meshell Ndegeocello, the Washington DC-based bassist perhaps most widely known for her collaboration with John Mellencamp on a 1994 remake of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” is joining Bootsy Collins’ Funk University, the online bass guitar academy that is set to open its virtual doors to students on July 1.

The first female bassist to grace the cover of Bass Player Magazine, Ndegeocello has been making music for two decades, and she wants to bring her unique playing style to students of the university alongside other artists, such as Les Claypool, Divinity Roxx, Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Billy Bass and, of course, Professor Bootsy himself. The 10-time Grammy-nominated Ndegeocello will bring her expertise to the Funk University—expertise that is backed up by the long list of artists she has collaborated with in the past, such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Chaka Khan, just to name just a few.

Bootsy Collins’ Funk University is the first of its kind, an online school that will bring professional musicians in close contact with students from all around the world. Tradition still reigns in some ways, as the academy will feature history lectures and lessons on technique, rhythm, style and gear. There will even be office hours once a week, in which the teachers will answer student questions, and at the end of the semester Professor Bootsy will review student tracks, as part of a trailblazing commitment to musician-student relations. As the University’s site says, “[I]f you want to funk, Bootsy Collins’ Funk University will take you there.” The Funk University is produced by SceneFour, the L.A.-based creativity house famous for working with Nine Inch Nails, the RZA and the Pixies, among others.

The Funk University

Courtesy of CMJ: Jun 7, 2010 : Story by – Luis Paez-Pumar