One of the great voices of American song, Nina Simone was a definitive voice of 20th century American music. Her voice, music, and legacy all continue to resonate today, more than two decades since Simone’s death at age 70. She remains a guiding star for multiple artists across styles and genres – including Jaki Shelton Green, Poet Laureate of Simone’s native state of North Carolina. In an in-depth chat, we go deep about the art and inspiration Simone left behind.
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Music featured in this episode:
Nina Simone – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
Nina Simone – “Sinnerman”
Photo of Nina Simone by Stroud Productions, courtesy of the Nina Simone Project