Saturday, February 13, 2010

"A Moment In Afro Her-story: Nina Simone"

Activist, pianist, writer and singer- Nina Simone

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Although she disliked being categorized, Simone is most associated with jazz music. Simone originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles that include classical, jazz, blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Her vocal style was characterized by intense passion, a loose vibrato, and a slightly androgynous timbre, in part due to her unusually low vocal range which veered between the alto and tenor ranges (occasionally even reaching baritone lows). Also known as The High Priestess of Soul, she paid great attention to the musical expression of emotions.Simone recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the greatest body of her work being released between 1958

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