Nina Simone: Unraveling her Profound Legacy with Jaki Shelton Green

Season 1 | Episode 7
29m | Dec 5, 2023

In this compelling episode of Carolina Calling, host David Menconi delves into the indelible legacy of Nina Simone, an iconic figure in American music. Born in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina Simone's journey unfolds through the rich tapestry of the Jim Crow South. Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina's esteemed poet laureate, joins the conversation to explore Simone's enduring impact on African American culture and the Civil Rights Movement.

Menconi shares, "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."

Simone's artistry, rooted in the mountains of North Carolina, becomes a symbol of resilience and creative activism. From navigating the challenges of segregation to crafting poetry that echoes the quest for justice and freedom, Nina Simone's legacy serves as a timeless source of inspiration. Join us in this exploration of truth and perseverance as we unravel the multifaceted impact of Nina Simone on American music and culture.

Music featured in this episode:

Nina Simone - "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"

Nina Simone - "Sinnerman"

Carolina Calling is produced by The Bluegrass Situation and Come Hear NC. Theme music: "Erie Fiddler" by Andrew Marlin of Watchhouse.

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