Nina Simone: Give Our Legends Their Flowers.

It’s storytelling time!

Nina Simone is easily one of the best musicians to have ever lived. The High Priestess of Soul’s voice was so powerful & immaculate, that she could master any genre of music and KILL it.

Nina deserves her flowers and tons more because she was for my people. She sacrificed so much to be the civil rights activist. Most artists didn’t push the envelope like she did. That’s why she’ll get her flowers today!

Artists like Lana Del Rey, Jay Z, Aretha, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige have covered or sampled her music! 🙌🏾

In 2015, A tribute to Nina Simone album was released, with some of R&B’s finest covering our beloved queen. Nina’s daughter Lisa Simone also covered her mom on this phenomenal record!

Nina was FOR our people!

The 1950s:

Albums Released: Little Girl Blue, Nina Simone & Her Friends, The Amazing Nina Simone, Nina Simone at Town Hall.

After gaining a following singing in nightclubs, Nina got with the right people, & signed to Bethlehem Records

The 1960s:

Albums Released: Nina Simone at Newport, Forbidden Fruit, Nina At The Village Gate, Nina Simone Sings Ellington, Nina’s Choice, Nina Simone at Carnegie Hall, Folksy Nina, Nina Simone In Concert, Broadway-Blues-Ballads, I Put a Spell on You, Sincerely Nina, Pastel Blues, Nina Simone with Strings, Let It All Out, Wild Is The Wind, High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone Sings The Blues, Silk & Soul, ‘Nuff Said!, Saga of the Good Life and Hard Times, Nina Simone and Piano, To Love Somebody, A Very Rare Evening.

Nina’s popularity increased during the 1960s due to her unapologetic & iconic tunes about the state of the world at the time! Nina pushed the envelope with songs like “Mississippi Goddamn.” It was banned, & her record label received cracked copies of the song back to them. The truth about America’s bullshit was apparently too real.

Nina dropped gem after gem in the 60s! Like literally quality work! She did all of this while being active in the era of civil rights. A Queen.

The 1970s:

Albums Released: Gifted & Black, Black Gold, Here Comes The Sun, Emergency Ward, Sings Billie Holiday-Lady Sings The Blues, Live At Berkeley, Gospel According To Nina Simone, It is Finished, Lamentations, Baltimore.

Nina released more great music, during the 70s. But you knew that!

The 1980s:

Albums Released: The Rising Sun Collection, Let It Be Me (live in Montreal,) Fodder on my Wings, Backlash, Nina’s Back, Live at Ronnie Scott’s, Live In Germany, October 23, 1989.

Nina’s 80s music isn’t discussed much, & it honestly should!

The 1990s:

Albums Released: A Single Woman.

Nina’s final studio album is LIFE. At her finest, she showed the world that adding one last album to her already impressive discography was worth it.

Nina passed away in April 2003, & will always live on through her remarkable legacy.

I really feel like people need to understand how important Nina Simone is to Black music..well music period.

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