On this day in North Carolina in 1933 a musical legend was born. Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as the high-priestess of soul, Nina Simone was a broad-ranging jazz and blues singer with a contralto like no other. Her career was a remarkable one and during it she produced a number of blues and gospel-influenced hits that addressed civil rights in the South. From “Mississippi Goddam” to “Old Jim Crow,” her lyrics openly criticized the racial inequality in America, a sentiment that was echoed in her acclaimed 1966 album, “Wild Is the Wind.”
Today would’ve been the singer’s 80th birthday and even though she is no longer physically with us, her musical presence is still felt today by artists like Meshell Ndegeocello who is honoring Nina Simone with a cover of her song “Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair).” Such a fitting tribute for a woman who sought to change the world through song.
Happy Birthday Nina Simone!