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Stephen Marley presents 'Celebrating Nina - A Reggae Tribute To Nina Simone'

03/02/2022 by Reggaeville

Stephen Marley presents 'Celebrating Nina - A Reggae Tribute To Nina Simone'

American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and civil rights activist Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) is honored with a reggae tribute. Produced by Stephen Marley, the 7-song project Celebrating Nina: A Reggae Tribute to Nina Simone will be released on March 18th via Ghetto Youths International.

On February 21, what would have been Nina Simone’s 89th birthday, Billboard magazine premiered the single Young Gifted and Black by Etana

Stephen Marley told Billboard's Patricia Meschino: “Music from the past, artists like Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, speak to my mood, my soul. Because of the racism they faced years ago, you can hear the commitment they had towards pursuing their talent and the passion they put into their music, which remains very potent today. […] This project is about preserving Nina Simone’s legacy, passing it on to younger generations, including my children, because you don’t often find music this substantial. When we started the project, we reached out to Nina’s daughter (Lisa Simone Kelly) and to the Nina Simone Foundation to establish a connection; we want to donate a portion of the proceeds to the things that she was all about."

1. Queen Ifrica - Four Women [OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE]
2. Maya Azucena - Mr. Bojangles
3. Etana - Young Gifted and Black [LISTEN HERE]
4. Melanie Fiona - Don’t Explain
5. Joss Stone - Here Comes The Sun
6. Cedella Marley - Misunderstood
7. Terri Walker - No Good Man

The project's first single Four Women by Queen Ifrica was released on April 26, 2021: