Nina Simone was a force of nature. Not only was she an exceptional singer, but also a trained pianist who geniusly infused classical refrains into many of her arrangments.
In the UK she's often (sadly) remembered most for the song I've Got Life, which was used - sooooooo much to my annoyance- to hawk yogurt. However, her discography is one full of incredibly powerful and still relevent pieces [see Mississippi Goddam/ Strange Fruit/ I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free].
So why the Nina talk? Well, some of RnB's brighest stars have decided to record an album of covers in her honour. Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone contains efforts from Mary J. Blige and Lalah Hathawah (to name two Divas). However, to hear those we'll have to wait for the album to be released.
Till then, the Vevo channel for the album is enticing us with Jazmine Sullivan's take on Baltimore and Lauryn Hill's duo of covers, Feeling Good and Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair.
Get into it!