Help Bring This Weldon Irvine Documentary to Life
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The genius behind “To Be Young, Black & Gifted” is explored in a new documentary
As bandleader for Nina Simone, session pianist and composer for Donny Hathaway, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Al Muirhead and the gamut of music giants across genres and eras, Weldon Irvine has been integral to foundational moments in jazz, funk, r&b and soul.
The Hampton, Virginia musician’s work even extends into rap’s golden age as a featured artist on Black Star‘s classic debut, as well Mos Def‘s own inaugural solo piece, Black on Both Sides, which finds Irvine on keys (a vocation he’s reportedly passed onto Mos, err, Yasiin, and Q-Tip as a mentor to the pair of hip-hop legends.) According to The FADER, a new documentary, Digging For Weldon Irvine, is seeking a post-production bump to the tune of $35,000, and has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to complete and release the project. Donors can receive everything from a social media shoutout to a producer’s credit on the film for their contribution.
Watch the trailer for the upcoming Weldon Irvine documentary up top and hit the link below to make a donation via IndieGoGo.