Here is behind the scenes footage of Meshell Ndegecello and her band recording “Suzanne” from her Nina Simone tribute album Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone. At least someone has a respectful tribute to Simone to counteract the farcical movie being made about her life right now starring Zoe Saldana.
The Re: Generation Project is a documentary that follows DJ Premier in addition to four other artists around and watches them remix different styles of music. This clip shows DJ Premier working with Nas and The Berklee Symphony Orchestra on a classical and hip-hop mash-up.
MADE is an artistic collective from Berlin and they invited Erykah Badu to perform with Jaybo & Miki’s String Quintet as part of their Moments At MADE series. The results produced artier versions of Erykah’s music that sounded almost maudlin at some points.
Janelle Monae got together with the Emory Symphony Orchestra to perform “BabopbyeYa” from her critically acclaimed album The ArchAndroid. There were no James Brown moves that night but plenty of vocal work.
FULL SCREENThe Sounds of VTech / Suite for Ma Dukes in Cedar Falls On February 6th this year, a day before J.Dilla’s birthday, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra performed a tribute to him by performing selections from The Suite For Ma Dukes. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson who did the arrangements for Suite and The Mochilla crew [...]