Victorious De Costa offers a timely tribute to the life and legacy of the prolific musician, poet and playwright Weldon Irvine, a prominent figure in the 1970s Black Arts Movement whose influence far exceeds his commercial success or popular renown. As bandleader for Nina Simone, he penned the indelible lyrics for “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” As a mentor to rappers such as Mos Def and Q-Tip, Irvine was a crucial link between the worlds of jazz and conscious hip-hop. Previously unreleased audio and music from Irvine, plus interviews with close associates, help illuminate the life and work of a tortured artist who stands at the intersection of so many 20th Century black cultural movements. Metro Detroit premiere.
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