Thursday, February 02, 2006

Black History Spotlight: Nina Simone

Nina was born in North Carolina, USA, February 21, 1933. In the late 50s she recorded her first album. One song, "I Loves You Porgy", became a hit and Nina became a star, performing at Town Hall, Carnegie Hall and at jazz festivals with a repertoire ranging from gospel music to African music, from blues to Ellington songs, from classical music to folk songs of diverse origin.

Although Nina was called the "High Priestess of Soul" by her fans and was regarded by them as an almost religious figure, she was often misunderstood as well. The High Priestess would walk different paths to find the adequate songs to spread her message.

A protest singer; a jazz singer; a pianist; an arranger and a composer, Nina Simone is a great artist who defies easy classification. She is all of these: a jazz-rock-pop-folk-black musician. In fact, we can find her biography in jazz, rock, pop, black and soul literature. Her style and her hits provided many singers and groups with material for hits of their own.

Nina Simone died April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France


7 comments:








Anonymous

said...

YEah I LOVE NINA SIMONE TRUE TALENT!





Mrs A.

said...

OMG!!!! i love her....i would have to say my favorite song of hers is "i get along without you very well" you can just feel the pain in it...and the lyrics are so identifiable.





Nee

said...

She is one of the BEST EVER!





TOYA

said...

Mary J. Blige will be playin Nina Simone in a movie based on her life.





naturalbrownlovely

said...

Love the post! Great that some of your viewers may be introduced to some great talents. Love Nina!





Anonymous

said...

I'M ACTUALLY LISTENING TO HER ALBUM RIGHT NOW. SHE DIDN'T GET AS MUCH PLAY AS SHE SHOULD HAVE. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW OF NINA....R.I.P. MAMA:-)





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