Secret Knowledge – 16 October 2021 – BBC Two

Over half a century since she first performed her songs, Nina Simone is more popular than ever. From Sinnerman to Mississippi Goddam, Feeling Good to My Baby Just Cares for Me, she is an artist with an extraordinary songbook that mixes jazz, blues, soul and even classical.

British soul singer Laura Mvula travels to New York to celebrate the Nina songs that mean most to her and explore their musical roots. Performing with a Harlem gospel choir, uncovering the influence of Nina’s classical training and meeting Simone’s long-time guitarist Al Shackman, Laura presents a personal tribute to the genius of her musical hero.



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