Nina Simone was a catalyst for the countercultural era of music in the 1960s and 1970s.
Simone was one of the first black musicians to include controversial issues such as racism and the civil war amongst black and white Americans in her music as well her live performances. Nina used her art as the voice of reason in a time where African-Americans were being persecuted because of the colour of their skin.
Simone was an activist equipped with music as her preferred weapon of choice during a period where violence was a common occurrence. She was not only an accomplished pianist; classically trained in musicianship and composition but was also gifted with an incredible ability to portray the suffering of black people in song form.
Nina was not ashamed to stand up for what she believed in and she stood on the frontline, fighting for an injustice that had been accepted for far too long.
“I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.”
– Nina Simone