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Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist.

November 26, 2012 The singer performs the songs of Nina Simone on her new album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine.

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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

November 15, 2012 Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.

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June 17, 2010 In Princess Noire, Nadine Cohodas chronicles Simone's life and passion for civil rights.

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American soul, jazz and blues vocalist Nina Simone (1933 - 2003) relaxes at the Hanover Grand during a reception held for her in London. She is here on a promotional visit and is scheduled to appear on the television show 'Frost On Sunday'. (Photo by Ian Showell/Getty Images)

April 6, 2008 Simone's brother, Samuel Waymon talks about the musical tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

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American soul, jazz and blues vocalist Nina Simone (1933 - 2003) relaxes at the Hanover Grand during a reception held for her in London. She is here on a promotional visit and is scheduled to appear on the television show 'Frost On Sunday'. (Photo by Ian Showell/Getty Images)

April 6, 2008 Simone's brother, Samuel Waymon talks about the musical tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

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January 11, 2007 A posthumous remix project keeps her classics unmolested, but gives the rest a chill-out treatment.

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March 3, 2010 Nadine Cohodas' book tells the story of the singer's evolution from musician to civil rights icon.

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January 11, 2007 A posthumous remix project keeps her classics unmolested, but gives the rest a chill-out treatment.

November 10, 2005 Jazz singer Nina Simone, once dubbed the "High Priestess of Soul," died two years ago.

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The cover of Sugar In My Bowl: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1967-1972

August 1, 2001 Often called the "high priestess of soul," Simone recorded soul, jazz, pop, blues, and gospel music.

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Nina Simone (left) and actress Zoe Saldana are seen in this composite image. Saldana has been cast to play the late singer in a film biopic.

November 20, 2012 Zoe Saldana will play the iconic singer in an upcoming film, a choice that's proved controversial.

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Peter Gabriel

October 16, 2012 The singer shares some of his favorite songs by other artists and talks about his classic album So.

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Nina Simone, 1969.

July 2, 2012 Salamishah Tillet explains why Simone's pursuit of a life without fear is still a lesson for us all.

Mexican American artist Lila Downs

February 29, 2012 The Mexican American singer shares music that changed her life, from Miles Davis to Orishas.

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Artwork for Bill Potts' 1959 album, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess.

September 1, 2011 The controversial Gershwin opera has long been an inspiration to jazz musicians. Hear five songs.

Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2010 Hear five blues and jazz songs about the movement's setbacks, hardships and hard-won victories.

Billie Holiday sq

June 22, 2009 Hear singers who have invested the song with new meaning, including Billie Holiday and Rene Marie.

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October 27, 2008 Halloween may have a new rhythm as you get older, but some of the best ear candy hasn't changed.

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October 30, 2007 From the lighthearted to the haunting, NPR station WDUQ highlights some spooky Halloween music.

May 21, 2010 It's Friday! Here are 5 music videos.

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Nina Simone: Anthology

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  • Album: Nina Simone: Anthology
  • Artist: Nina Simone
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 2003
 

The Soul of Nina Simone

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  • Released: 2005
 

Pour Une Ame Souveraine: A Dedication To Nina Simone

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  • Album: Pour Une Ame Souveraine: A Dedication To Nina Simone
  • Artist: Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Released: 2012
 

David Sanford & The Pittsburgh Collective

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  • Artist: David Sanford & the Pittsburgh Collective
  • Label: Oxingale Records
  • Released: 2007
 

A Love Supreme

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  • Artist: John Coltrane
  • Label: Impulse!
  • Released: 2008
 

Schubert: Winterreise

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  • Album: Schubert: Winterreise
  • Artist: Peter Pears
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2000
 

Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul

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  • Album: Wild Is the Wind/High Priestess of Soul
  • Artist: Nina Simone
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Band of Gypsys

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  • Album: Band of Gypsys
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  • Released: 1970
 

Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano

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  • Album: Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano; Bridge: Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Artist: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1995
 

Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess

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  • Album: Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess
  • Artist: Bill Potts
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Released: 1959
 

Simone on Simone

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Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined

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Sugar In My Bowl: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1967-1972

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  • Album: Sugar In My Bowl: The Very Best of Nina Simone 1967-1972
  • Artist: Nina Simone