Nina Simone on the Role of the Artist
Interviewer: You want your art to live on long after you
Nina: Oh yes.
I: And your music says this, and it speaks to Black people. I want you to tell me what your gut feeling is about.
NS: Well, look, off the top of my head, as far as I’m concerned, thousands and thousands of years ago, we were, for lack of a better expression, “on top”. If there were oppressors, they were me and you (laughs). We were not being oppressed, we had kings and queens. We had civilizations that we don’t know very much about. So as far as I’m concerned, my music is addressed to my people, especially to make them more curious about where they came from and their own identity and pride in that identity. That’s why in my songs I try to make them as…
View original post 303 more words