Nina simone & hip hop
WE PRESENT NINA SIMONE & HIP HOP
Each generation develops its own musical language. Nina Simone sang about critical social issues for her generation. Hip-hop is the language of this generation. The messages of both groups are universal and Nina Simone's music and message are still very relevant but the person is not well known. Nina Simone is one of the most sampled musicians in hip-hop music. In addition to her remarkable talent, she remained unapologetically true to her authenticity. But remaining true came with a price. Finally, this year, 2018, Dr. Nina Simone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible since 1986.
Valerie Stephens has partnered with musician and hip hop artist Yuki Kanesaka to bring this universality and the power of Nina Simone for today's artists and their appreciators. Mississippi God dam speaks to #BlackLivesMatter. Four Women speaks to #MeToo. Brown Baby speaks to I Want to Live Poetry.
This concert is the first of its kind and is in the true sense of Sankofa, “reaching back and moving forward’. Debuting this year, the Nina Simone & Hip Hop Concert has received rave reviews. The Project Artists’ Ensemble consists of Yuki Monolog Kanesaka on keyboards and turntable beats, Zayra Pola Ocasio on drums, Slam Poet Art Collins, Daniel Day on Bass and Valerie Stephens on Vocals and Spoken Word.