Nina Simone, the truth!


I have been thinking about getting back to TT for a minute now…and what a way to return! I swear man, Nina is the rare singer that can send chills up my spine. One thing that particularly interests me about Nina (and several of her contemporaries, particularly within jazz) was her intimiate relationship with the civil rights movement. Her cover of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” “Backlash Blues,” one of my favorites, and her tribute to MLK Jr., “Why (The King of Love is Dead” are but a few examples, but it seems for her, music certainly was a weapon of the people. This 1965 performance of “Four Women” is ridiculous!


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