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Posts Tagged ‘Nina Simone’

British Soul…

In Daily Chronicles, Daily Musings on April 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Laura Mvula As I was perusing Instagram, I noticed that one of my Instafriends, LoveMrs, posted a photo of her post work out song by a British singer named Laura Mvula.  I was immediately intrigued, mostly because of the photograph and her hair. After a little research I found out that this young lady has been around for a little while, and was also nominated for two Brit Awards, where have I been??  Ms. Mvula, a native of Birmingham, England, trained at the city’s Conservatoire, which provides professional musician training, for orchestral, jazz and opera performers. Off to iTunes I went, where her album, “Singing To The Moon” was available for $7.99.  Her album is very eclectic, with a mix of  pop, jazz and creative soul.  I’m loving the video for Green Garden.  Her voice reminds me a little of the lovely Amy Winehouse, who passed away much too soon.  You also hear touches of Nina Simone on “Is There Anybody Out There?”   Listen to her voice on Make Me LovelyThis song took my breath away, with it’s sweeping strings and horns… Beautiful!  I hear a little bit of Bjork there.  I’m also loving Like The Morning DewGreen Garden, and Diamonds, actually the whole album!!!. This really is an incredible album. Visit Ms. Mvula’s website for more beautiful photos, news and music, click here Sing To The Moon is available at iTunes and Amazon. You can also listen to the whole album here Thank you Instagram for always inspiring me.

Love, Light & Blessings…

Maylana

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Happy Birthday Ms. Nina Simone!

In Daily Musings on February 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Nina Simone

Happy birthday to one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century.  Known as a renaissance woman and musical storyteller, Nina injected her classical background into her music, and was well known for her lyrics, of love and love lost, she also touched a great deal upon the civil rights era of being black in America in the 50’s and 60’s.

Nina wore the title of High Priestess of Soul; if you’re familiar with her music, you know why she deserved such a noble title.  Ms. Simone would have been 80 today.  Happy Birthday to one of the Original Queens of Soul.

It was hard to choose which of her songs to post, so here is one of my favourites “I Put A Spell On You

Nina Simone

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Meshell Ndegeochello’s Tribute To Nina Simone…

In Daily Musings on October 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

One of my all time favourite recording artists, Meshell Ndegeochello, has paid tribute to Ms. Nina Simone by releasing a new album titled ” Pour une âme souveraine {For a Sovereign Soul}.  This disc is a collaboration with artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Cody Chestnut, Toshi Reagon, among other well-known talent.

This venture will consist of covers and adaptations of Nina’s most famous songs, such as “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” {fantastic cover by Cody Chestnut}, “Four Women” and “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” I’m loving track 8 with Lizz Wright, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Meshell has been one of my favourites from her first album “Plantation Lullabies“, when I was working in the Music industry and she was on Madonna’s Maverick record label, which was owned by the label I worked for.  What I’ve always admired about Meshell, was she never conformed to record industry standards, but always played to her own tune.  She is now with small French indie jazz label, Naive, where I’m sure she’s a whole lot happier.

Meshell will be appearing at The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, October, 14.  Catch her if you can.

To hear mini samples of the album via Amazon, click here. or listen to longer samples on iTunes.

Black History Sirens III

In Daily Musings on February 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi Darlings, I hope you all had a fabulous 3 day weekend. I certainly did.  Here is my 3rd installment of my Black History Sirens series… Enjoy!

Dorothea Towles

 

Nina Simone

 
 

Unknown Diva

 

Dorothy Heights

 

Fredi Washington

 

Aretha Franklin

 

Carmen McRae