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1969 August 17: New York - Harlem Cultural Festival
Six free weekend, outdoor concerts held at the Harlem end of Central Park in the summer of 1969 (Harlem Cultural Festival). Other performers included Stevie Wonder, the Staples Singers, Sly and the Family Stone, B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, The Chambers Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Max Roach.
See also Harlem Woodstock!

The Harlem Festival was filmed by television producer, Hal Tulchin, who hoped to sell the footage to the networks. None of the networks were interested, which says much about the politics of the time, and the fifty hours of filmed material has since been kept under lock and key. The odd snippet has been sneaked on to You Tube, and Nina Simone licensed film of her performance for a DVD release, but why the whole concert has never been released or even shown on TV is a damning indictment on America's media.
- Dangerous Minds



Revolution, Four Women, Ain't Got No / I Got Life, To Be Young, Gifted and Black
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Nina Simone vocal, piano - Don Alias drums - Sam Waymon organ - Weldon Irvine musical director - Tom Smith guitar - Clint Houston bass - Juma Santos percussion
Four Women Nina Simone
2005 [4:34] DVD 6 The Soul of RCA/Legacy 82876 71973 2 (US)
Backlash Blues Langston Hughes, Nina Simone
Be My Husband Andy Stroud
Ain't Got No / I Got Life Gal MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni
2005 [4:20] DVD 7 The Soul of RCA/Legacy 82876 71973 2 (US)
I Loves You Porgy George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
To Be Young, Gifted and Black Weldon Irvine jr, Nina Simone
2005 [3:00] DVD 8 The Soul of RCA/Legacy 82876 71973 2 (US)
Revolution Weldon Irvine jr, Nina Simone
2005 [4:34] DVD 5 The Soul of RCA/Legacy 82876 71973 2 (US)
Are You Ready? David Nelson