Kendrick Lamar's new video for Element is amazing. A beautiful concept recreating and bringing to life iconic images by Gordon Parks.
This is what I was listening to as I rang in the New Year. Hello 2013.
FORWARD Ne-Yo, Johnny Rzeznik, Herbie Hancock, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield
Fred Goldring, Gregg Alexander, Graham Henman, Kerri Kleiner, exec. producers | John Malina, Chris Spanos, Alexandra Chamberlain, producers | Graham Henman, Michael Karbelnikoff, Paul Schneider, PR Brown, Simon Thirlaway, Martin De Thurah, Daniel Hall, directors/cameramen | Jeremy Rall, Nick Spanos, Evan Urman, Robert Staley, Marcus Herring, Cheryl Dunn, Paul Beauchemin, Colin Davis, cameramen | Paul Schneider, Jeremy Rall, Evan Urman, Graham Henman, editors
a HELLO & COMPANY super production.
“I feel my origins deeply,” Nina Simone once said. “My art is anchored in the culture of my people, and I am immensely proud.” Proud and defiant. As this 1965 Dutch television performance illustrates, Simone carried the Civil Rights Movement with her wherever she went.
One place where Simone performed in 1965 was at the Mickery Theater in Loenersloot, Holland, a village just outside Amsterdam. Dutch public television was there to film the show, which is now included in the Jazz Icons DVD Nina Simone Live in ’65 and ’68. In the 40-minute set, shown above, Simone is joined by Lisle Atkinson on bass, Rudy Stevenson on guitar and Bobby Hamilton on drums. The classically trained Simone plays piano and sings seven songs, each one dealing in some way with issues of racial, gender or economic injustice:
Brown Baby Four Women The Ballad of Hollis Brown Tomorrow is My Turn Images Go Limp Mississippi Goddam
Polaroid of Philly's Most Wanted, Boo Bonic and Mr. Man in South Philly.