Nina Simone: Zungo (Village Gate, 1961)

Nina Simone, live at the Village Gate in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, 1961. Performing a Yoruba song by Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji. Watch and hear how, in an early prime and within the graceful ease of a small jazz combo, she effortlessly and almost declaratively sashays between folk, classical, and jazz, in her undeniable idiosyncratic manner. Firmly in touch with the earth, while elevating a bit too. words/ c depasquale