Chances With Wolves: Nina Simone Birthday Playlist

Celebrating the unrivaled talent, a selection of songs assembled by the NYC-based DJ outfit

NYC-based DJ outfit Chances With Wolves (CWW) has long been a CH favorite (check out their Fourth of July playlist from a few years ago) for their musical philosophy, encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, and personal positive vibes. Nothing, however, outshines the group’s inherent and genuine love for music. Today, CWW release a Nina Simone special set—on what would have been the singer/songwriter, musician and civil rights activist’s birthday. Simone impacted generations of musicians and audiences and CWW share some of these shining, powerful moments. The group has considered making a playlist for her birthday for the last eight years, “but each time, we hesitated because we really wanted to make it as good as it could possibly be. For some reason this year felt right,” CWW member Kenan Juska says.

Track list

Intro (To Be Free)

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Here Comes the Sun

What Have They Done To My Song Ma?

Blue Skies

It Be’s That Way Sometimes

But Beautiful

Go To Hell

Nina Simone

Cosi Ti Amo (To Love Somebody)

Od Yesh Homa


That Blackness

Break Down And Let It All Out

You Can Sing a Rainbow

O-o-h Child

The Assignment Sequence

Ain’t Got No—I Got Life

Some Say

Rich Girl

Either Way I

Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter

The Pusher


Golden Earrings

Turn! Turn! Turn!

See Line Woman

God God God

Sign o the Times

Real Real


Moon over Alabama

The House of the Rising Sun


22nd Century

Mr Bojangles

Tell It Like It Is

No Woman No Cry

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Live)

Images courtesy of Chances With Wolves