Strange Fruit – Nina Simone

Has to be Nina Simone’s version of Strange Fruit, which Nate Parker uses in The Birth of a Nation chillingly to illustrate black bodies swinging in the southern breeze…

It’s a great delivery of Billie Holiday’s original, although the origins of the song are often disputed – though without doubt the lyrics are formed by Abel Meeropol’s poem. Billie’s version is epochal and historic, but Nina is unsurpassable in it’s rage,  spiralling bitterness, anger, making it a call to arms, which best suits the tenor of the film.

It’s certainly one of cinema’s most spine-tingling moments of the year, a pastoral scene of the gallant south, indeed….

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