Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Singer Nina Simone's music has gone from gospel to jazz to pop to R&B and blues to a raging black protest that moved her off the supper-club circuit and into political rallies and soul concerts. Known since the late '50s as the "High Priestess of Soul," she enjoyed a renaissance in her sixth decade with the publication of her autobiography and the exposure given her music in a popular American film. Taking her stage name from French actress Simone Signoret, she epitomizes the soul diva.

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