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Nina Simone in the Netflix original documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

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Nina Simone

Jazz Artist

Tryon, North Carolina

Simone originally aspired to be a concert pianist and despite her success in jazz, she employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, blues, folk, gospel, and pop.

Her music often carried a socio-political message. Popular songs like “Mississippi Goddamn,” “Four Women,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” are regarded as protest songs.

Nina Simone

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Simone has received several awards and honorary degrees. A statue in her honor was erected in Tryon in 2010.

“Feeling Good”

“I Put a Spell On You”

“Mississippi Goddam”

“Four Women”


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