Meshell Ndegeocello is gearing up to releasing her forthcoming tenth album "Pour une âme Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul) A Dedication to Nina Simone", on 9th October. She has premiered her second single off the album, which is a beautiful cover of Simone`s classic record "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". Meshell lets Cody ChesnuTT take lead vocalist and she handles the arrangement and production.
The song was written in memory of Nina Simone's late friend, author Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote the play "Raisin in the Sun". The song is featured on her album "Black Gold", it went on to became a top to R&B hit and went on to be covered by artist like Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Bob and Marcia, and many others.
Ndegeocello and ChesnuTT did the song justice, it was beautifully put together and sang with alot of passion and heart. If Simone was still alive she would`ve been impressed with the cover as I am.