For the past three years, South African producers Mizi Mtshali and Inyambo “Nyambz” @ and Zambian emcee Zubz have been working on a Nina Simone tribute project, Last Letter to Nina: A Tribute To The High Priestess of Soul.
“Nina Simone’s influence on me sits in my view of the world more than anything else,” Zubz shared with OKP. “It’s because of artists like Nina and the songs she sang that I think a certain way or view the world through a certain lens. The honesty in her voice, the magnetism of her live recordings all add to what has shaped me as an MC as well as a person. As for doing a tribute, that was a collective idea sparked by Mizi and Inyambo. Mizi came to me with the plan to do a tribute and explained how he and Nyambz had been hearing my voice all over the soundscapes they were creating inspired by Nina Simone’s music. I heard some of the music they were incubating and I instantly resonated with the project and we knuckled down to recording. Artists like Nina are a rarity. Paying homage to powerful spirits like hers musically is a duty for artists like me.”
• Sampling Nina’s “Chain Gang (Work Song).”
“Doctor Goodlungs” f. Skyzoo & Pharoahe Monch
• Sampling Nina’s “Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter.”