Daily Aural: Nina Simone

For those few folks for who this will be their first introduction to Nina Simone, you’re about to have a whole new world open for you. The High Priestess of Soul’s influence can be heard in the songs of Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Jeff Buckley, but her own work was often fiercely political, putting to tune, the sorrow and anger of the black civil-rights movement, as you will hear in “Why (The King of Love Is Dead)”, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.