Forever Young, Gifted And Black
At the height of the politically, socially charged late-1960s, as wars and poverty raged in every corner of the globe, and America's non-violent Civil Rights movement clashed with the burgeoning forces of Black Power, many voices sang out as mirrors of the times. Defiant and outspoken, Nina Simone (1933-2003) inspired audiences with her stance as both activist and diva, brilliant pianist, songwriter and prophetess, whose art encompassed and transcended her roots in classical, jazz, blues, folk, standards, and the anachronistic contemporary pop hits that curiously appealed to her.
The turbulence of the era coincided with her tenure at RCA Records (from 1966 to 1974), a prolific period that was recently sampled by Legacy Recordings on The Soul Of Nina Simone (RCA/Legacy, October 2005), the first newly-created compilation ever issued on DualDisc. In conjunction with the upcoming Black History Month celebration, a new compilation (which does not duplicate any of the material on its predecessor) and two new expanded editions will arrive in stores January 17th.
"This anthology of songs reminds me of the strength of one woman and the way that her voice will resonate forever and remind us why we have to say something, speak the truth, talk from the heart and let our passion for the Greater Good drive us to be a little bit more like the illustrious Nina Simone: Bold, Brave, Gifted, Black, and Beautiful."
-- excerpt from the testimonial by Alicia Keys
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