Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Saved and Made National Treasure

Beloved singer, pianist and activist Nina Simone grew up in a small house in Tryon, North Carolina—and over the years it’s been bought and sold several times, with some owners investing in its restoration. But recently the home was falling into disrepair, until last year several artists—Ellen Gallagher, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu and Adam Pendleton—joined forces and bought it for $95K in order to save …

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 …

Alice Smith: I Put a Spell on You (Nina Simone cover)

Originally written by Jay Hawkins, “I Put a Spell on You” made waves when the legendary Nina Simone released her bluesy, arresting version in 1965. Now, for Nina Revisited… A Tribute To Nina Simone—featuring covers by Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Common and more—the talented Alice Smith has offered her take on the classic. It’s an eerie, haunting interpretation befitting of the song’s title: with …