BROOKLYN — Despite having mentored well known musicians and writing well over 500 compositions during his lifetime, Weldon Irvine’s legacy has continued to remain in the shadows of history.
In an attempt to bring awareness to this “unsung hero,” Brooklyn-based filmmaker Victorious De Costa has embarked on a near three year journey to capture the life of the musician in his documentary “Digging for Weldon Irvine,” slated for release in November.
Irvine rippled through the American Jazz industry during the 1960s, but received little to no recognition, De Costa explained in an interview on Brad Show Live.
His first big splash in the music industry as a director was Nina Simone’s 1965 hit, “To be Young, Gifted and Black.”
Irvine’s “music was geared towards radical, revolutionary ideas,” De Costa described of the musician’s art.
In addition to guiding the musical career of Simone, Irvine was a mentee to many other jazz artists, including Marcus Miller and Lenny White, and also some hip-hop artists, including Q-Tip.
Eventually taking his own life, “the tragedy of him being an unsung hero, and that being how he went out,” drove De Costa to shed light on the life and accomplishments of Irvine.
To hear more about De Costa’s progress and vision of his film, “Digging for Weldon Irvine,” visit this link.
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