This album is a live performance of several Nina Simone songs on August 13, 2016 at Notes in Columbus, Ohio. The show was produced by a young gifted, and Black human Counterfeit Madison. It was performed as a declaration of Black beauty and pride, using Nina's art and spirit as a way to explore all levels of this beauty and pride in both her and myself. It also, during the inception, development, performance, and aftermath of the show, became a rebellion against several attempts from non-Black folks of all kinds defining Blackness for me and other Black folk. The resistance came from unexpected places and was quite eye-opening. Still, we create, produce, explode, reset, and continue.
released December 23, 2016
recorded by the staff at Notes // www.copiouscolumbus.com/nts
mastered by Keith Hanlon // www.citizenkeith.com
banner photography by Kate Sweeney // thephotographicjournal.com
album photography by Chip Willis // www.patreon.com/chipwillis
design by Lisa McLymont // www.lisamclymont.com
styling by World Of Agape // www.worldofagape.com
Counterfeit Madison, piano and voice
Luster Dela Virgion, host
Miss Sara D, vocalist on "You'll Never Know What Love Is"
Karen Hewitt, vocalist on "To Be Young, Gifted, And Black"
Debra James Tucker, vocalist on "I Loves You, Porgy"
Alex Burgoyne, saxophones
Seth Daily, drums and percussion
Kyle Kerley, trumpet and flugelhorn
Alex Paquet, guitar
Trent Sampson, bass