Global Fusion Play List:Nina Simone Protest Anthology (Sneak Peek)

An artist’s duty is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I am concerned it’s their choice ..I choose to reflect the times & the situations in which I find myself.. that to me is my duty..At this crucial time in our lives ,when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival- I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people -Black and White know this, that’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all -anymore. I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist & not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist….Strange fruit to me is my favorite. It deals with America and the Black and White problem. The ugliness of it. …”

There is no voice that compares to the high priestess of soul-Miss Nina Simone-in texture, bluesy soul or depth of emotion. Nina Simone was never afraid to let it all hang out, whether she was putting the world on notice by exalting that “everybody know about Mississippi Goddam” or bringing a much needed solace as an angel of the morning. Lauryn Hill even once proclaimed “I’ll be Nina Simone defecating on your microphone”!  I had always hoped to see Lauryn Hill portray Nina Simone because I had always seen so many similarities in the two women beyond their talents & outer shell. According to  the Hollywood ReporterMary J. Blige has been signed to Cynthia Mort’s “Nina,” a movie about legendary singer Nina Simone. I recently found out through a credible source that Nina’s daughter, Simone, the executor of the Nina Simone Trust has taken back the rights to the film about her mother & may possibly be in the starring role.

Desegregation is a joke….Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I’m lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home…I don’t like rap music at all. I don’t think it’s music. It’s just a beat and rapping… I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important…I think if I were over there in America, protest music would be more important. But I’m not going…I think the rich are too rich and the poor are too poor. I don’t think the black people are going to rise at all; I think most of them are going to die…I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too, because the economic situation around the world is not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever…Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world…When I was studying… there weren’t any black concert pianists. My choices were intuitive, and I had the technique to do it. People have heard my music and heard the classic in it, so I have become known as a black classical pianist…Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music…To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that’s not what I play. I play black classical music…Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking…The worst thing about that kind of prejudice… is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough…This may be a dream, but I’ll say it anyway: I was supposed to be married last year, and I bought a gown. When I meet Nelson Mandela, I shall put on this gown and have the train of it removed and put aside, and kiss the ground that he walks on and then kiss his feet….There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were….I’m a real rebel with a cause….”Nina Simon

“Everybody is half dead. Everybody Avoids Everybody- In most situations, most all the time. I know- I’m one of those Everybody’s and to me it is terrible. And so all I am trying to do- all the time, is to just open people up, so they can feel themselves & to let themselves be open to somebody else -that is all-That’s It! ….When I’m calm and Cool and really got the antenna working…You know when to push and U know when to not- nobody can tell you tho -you have to feel it- in any situation between human beings, it’s what makes a groove . What’s free to me? Same thing that it is to you, you tell me…It’s just a feeling….You know it when it happens..It is something to really feel…like a new way of seeing something…..” #Freedom = #NoFear

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  • Scott Morfitt

    January 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm


    I am working on a project right now connecting the works of Lauryn Hill to Nina Simone. To do this I am focusing on how both were in control of the musicianship and careers to some extent and how both alienated their commercial audiences. I was just wondering if you happened to know of any extended comparisons of the two artists. Any help you could provide would be appreciated.


    Scott Morfitt

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