Nina Simone

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Christina Ham's play "Nina Simone: Four Women" follows the activism and creative legacy of the fiercely talented Nina Simone.

 

The woman known as "The High Priestess of Soul" aspired to be America's first black classical pianist, and left a lasting impression on music that resonates today.

 

We spoke with director Michele Shay and actors Adrienne Reynolds, Wendy Fox-Williams, Jordan Frazier, and Regina Marie Williams on the way the characters each represent a different aspect of Simone's life.

 


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One of the true divas of the 20th century was singer and songwriter Nina Simone. She served as the voice for many frustrated African-Americans in the 1960s, particularly during the civil rights movement. A new musical in Atlanta called “Simply Simone” tells her story from the very beginning. It's called "Simply Simone," and it's being performed at the Theatrical Outfit. We talked with director/choreographer Patdro Harris.

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One of the ways African-Americans have shared the pain and the pleasure of the black experience is through music.  

 

Black artists have been an essential part of almost every genre of music. And black songs are often catalysts for change and enhanced public awareness.