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Nina Simone

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Tryon, North Carolina, USA (1933 – 2003)

Eunice Kathleen Waymon (21 February 1933 – 21 April 2003), better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American , pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including , , , , , , , and .

Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on 21st February 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, one of eight children. Like a number of other black singers in the U.S., she was inspired as a child by Marian Anderson, and began singing at her local church, also showing great talent as a pianist. Her public debut, a piano recital, was made at the age of ten. Her parents, who had taken seats in the front row, were forced to move to the back of the hall to make way for white audience members. This incident contributed to her later involvement in the civil rights movement.

Simone’s mother, Mary Kate Waymon (who lived into her late nineties) was a strict Methodist minister; her father, John Divine Waymon, was a handyman and sometime barber who suffered bouts of ill-health. Mrs Waymon worked as a maid, and her employer, hearing of Nina’s talent, provided funds for piano lessons for the little girl. Subsequently, a local fund was set up to assist in Eunice’s continued education.

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  • fckshit

    All of Nina Simone's fans on here need to watch the new documentary called "What Happened, Miss Simone." There are things we didn't know that make what she did even more powerful and moving. [2] inspiradora!!

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • ChristFollower3

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” –Romans 10:13

    Yesterday 3:15am Reply
  • equinoxvox

    All of Nina Simone's fans on here need to watch the new documentary called "What Happened, Miss Simone." There are things we didn't know that make what she did even more powerful and moving.

    29 Jun 3:22am Reply
  • ashablack

    Nina was so unconventional and so unique, her sound was so diverse that I feel she was a pioneer in creating what later became known as 'alternative' music.

    26 Jun 3:58am Reply
  • Theelusiveg0y

    Me sinto orgulhoso de partilhar a mesma personalidade que a tua, nina :)

    6 Jun 12:41am Reply
  • MeChamoGiovane

    Poderia ouvir Nina Simone o dia I-N-T-E-I-R-O. Daquelas artistas diferenciadas, que atingem um público específico, e os destroem com músicas incríveis.

    5 Jun 5:12pm Reply
  • macavi93

    My Queen, forever <3

    1 Jun 5:35pm Reply
  • andressafic

    A bixa é bonita a bixa fecha Rainha <3

    1 Jun 4:44pm Reply
  • thonyorke

    que voz, que rainha da porra

    22 May 12:22pm Reply
  • mugiwara95

    puta que pariu que voz é essa? ♥

    15 May 6:27pm Reply
  • Theelusiveg0y

    rainha

    9 May 6:14am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Amazing

    21 Apr 2:56pm Reply
  • Theelusiveg0y

    orgulho de ter a mesma raiva que vc <3

    14 Apr 10:05pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    11 Apr 6:26pm Reply
  • leFakyr

    She really could play the piano.

    8 Apr 8:30pm Reply
  • TheGeoKing

    She has got the greatest soul of any vocalist I have ever heard.

    31 Mar 10:10am Reply
  • fckblur

    dona da porra toda [2]

    28 Mar 10:29pm Reply
  • colferslut

    dona da porra toda

    24 Mar 11:25am Reply
  • didomedeiros

    she still keeps on breaking my heart </3

    23 Mar 5:11am Reply
  • Mr_CandySuxxx

    Let me fly away with you, for my love is like the wind and wild is the wind.

    13 Mar 7:45pm Reply
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