Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
She was one of the most extraordinary artist of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion and love through a magnificent body of works. With such great talents she earned the moniker “High Priestess of Soul”.
In 1993, Don Shewey wrote of Nina Simone in the Village Voice, “She’s not a pop singer, she’s a diva, a hopeless eccentric … who has so thoroughly co-mingled her odd talent and brooding temperament that she has turned herself into a force of nature, an exotic creature spied so infrequently that every appearance is legendary.”
Nina Simone died in her sleep on April 21, 2003, her musical legacy continues to live on and influences many present day artists. Check out a couple of Nina’s amazing performances below along with some awesome free remixes!
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Blood Orange is Devonte Hynes from Essex now residing in New York City. He released his full length album Coastal Grooves on August 30th. Check’em out!
Coast Grooves available on iTunes, track listing below:
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Not much to say besides this video is fucking awesome. Brilliant concept, awesome execution.
It’s been 21 long years since Deee-Lite brought the colorful sights and sounds of New York’s club culture into the mainstream. Formed in 1986, the trio was led by vocalist Lady Miss Kier (born Kieren Kirby in Youngstown, OH) and fleshed out by a pair of DJs, Super DJ Dmitry (a classically trained guitarist and Russian emigre born Dmitry Brill) and Jungle DJ Towa Towa (born Doug Wa-Chung in Tokyo, Japan).
Fusing house, techno, rap, ambient, and funk music with an outrageous visual flair largely influenced by the drag queen community (Kier’s fondness for Fluevog platform shoes helped the ’70s fashion revival gather steam), Deee-Lite became hugely popular among New York club go’ers, and the trio’s own unique cultural make-up earned them a following which ignored racial and sexual boundaries. In 1990, they debuted with the album World Clique, a crossover smash thanks to hits like the loping classic “Groove Is in the Heart” (featuring the fluid bass of Bootsy Collins and the saxophone of Maceo Parker) and “Power of Love.”
With their 1992 follow-up, Infinity Within, Deee-Lite’s music turned overtly political as songs touched base with hot topics like the environment, safe sex, and democracy. Towa Towa left the group soon after; rechristened Towa Tei, he released his solo debut, Future Listening, in 1995. Kier and Dmitry, meanwhile, enlisted DJ Ani for 1994’s Dewdrops in the Garden, a sensual outing influenced by the growing rave culture. After the release of 1996’s remix album Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities, Deee-Lite disbanded.
-Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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