Explore James Baldwin’s record collection in this 31-hour playlist



With tunes from Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summers and more.

A new playlist featuring music from James Baldwin’s record collection called Chez Baldwin has been created by Curator Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi.

Encompassing 467 tracks, Chez Baldwin features music by artists including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summers, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Dinah Washington.

The playlist features the records Baldwin had in his home in St. Paul De-Vence, France. Two albums – Lou Rawls’ When the Night Comes and Ray Charles’ Sweet & Sour Tears – are currently unavailable on the streaming platform.

Onyewuenyi created the playlist whilst researching Baldwin’s final play, The Welcome Table.

Listen to Chez Baldwin in full above.

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