Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 116: Nina Simone


In the spirit of honoring Black History Month, Episode 116 is dedicated to the remarkable Nina Simone – a soulful force, a musical genius, and an iconic figure in the world of music. Prepare to be captivated as we delve into the extraordinary life and enchanting music of the incomparable Nina Simone.

Nina Simone, born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, was more than just a singer; she was a storyteller, an activist, and a pianist extraordinaire. Her career spanned genres, blending jazz, blues, classical, and gospel into a unique and powerful sound that left an indelible mark on the history of music.

Throughout this episode, we’ll explore the chapters of Nina’s life, from her early days as a child prodigy in North Carolina to her rise as the “High Priestess of Soul.” We’ll unravel the emotions woven into her timeless classics like “Feeling Good,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.”

Join me as we navigate the highs and lows of Nina’s life, appreciating the resilience and passion that fueled her artistry. We’ll also take a closer look at the impact she made beyond music, using her voice to champion civil rights and social justice causes.

This episode isn’t just a musical exploration; it’s a tribute to a woman who left an indomitable legacy, transcending boundaries and inspiring generations. So, whether you’re a long-time admirer of Nina Simone’s work or just discovering her magic, get ready for a soul-stirring experience that celebrates the essence of Black History Month through the lens of music.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Wizard of Oz Camp

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Nina Simone – I put a spell on you

Nina Simone “Love Me Or Leave Me” on The Ed Sullivan Show

Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam 

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

Young, gifted and black – Lyrics – Nina Simone

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 116

A curated playlist of songs by Nina Simone can be found here. It contains performance of Nina Simone performing on shows such as Sesame Street and The Ed Sullivan Show. Enjoy!

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