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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

United States · Person · 1933–2003
Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Waymon aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of the few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Read more »

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Nina Simone's Daughter Defends Zoe Saldana, Slams Biopic

Lisa Simone Kelly, the daughter of Nina Simone, has defended Zoe Saldana following the backlash stemming from the actress' appearance in the long-delayed, controversial biopic Nina. However, Simone Kelly, like many members of the Simone family,...

Nina Simone Estate Slams Biopic Star Zoe Saldana

The estate of Nina Simone took umbrage with a quote tweeted by actress Zoe Saldana, who will portray the late singer in a controversial, upcoming biopic. Saldana has faced immense criticism over her casting in Nina due to her lack of both singing...

See Zoe Saldana Channel Nina Simone in Fiery 'Nina' Trailer

Zoe Saldana has faced immense criticism over her casting as music legend Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic Nina. But now fans can have a more informed opinion by watching the film's debut trailer, via Today. Nina follows Simone through her iconic...

2015: The Year Music Documentaries Brought Back the Dead

Nothing fits the music documentary format quite so compellingly as a life cut tragically short. In addition to the ready-made dramatic arc, a subject who leaves this mortal coil before their time usually also leaves a certain amount of mystery in...

Videos

Nina Simone: Images
Nina Simone: Blue Skies
Four Women: Lisa Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo
Nina Simone: Live at Teatro Sistina in Rome, 1968

Discography

Love Me or Leave Me
2013 Official Album
Trilogy
2010 Official Album
3 Originals
2010 Official Album
Nina Simone for Lovers
2005 Official Album
Sings the Blues / ’Nuff Said
2004 Official Album
The Jazz Biography
2004 Official Album
Sings the Standards
2003 Official Album