A Production of BBC Radio 2 and Sue Clark Productions
BBC Radio 2 TX: 10pm, 4th & 11th January 2011
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‘...I wanted to say what great programmes they have been. Nina's daughter was a superb anchor and they were both fascinating and beautifully produced. So thanks.’ Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music.
‘You did a awesome job on the program. Thank you Sue.’ Joyce Stroud, Nina Simone’s niece
‘I’ve just finished listening to the 2nd hour of the programme. Congratulations! It is the very best retrospective on Nina that I have ever heard ...’ Crys Armbrust www.ninasimoneproject.org
BBC Radio 2
Sue Clark Productions
Co Producers: Vicki Wickham & Sue Clark
She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot.
As she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone.
I remember the first time I heard a Nina Simone song on the radio. It was on a public radio station in the Bay area and the song was "Trouble in Mind." It was a beautiful Sunday and I was sitting in my white rocking chair on my porch.
“When I was an aspiring young artist searching for my voice, purpose, and direction, my early teachers took note of the fire burning in my belly, and they individually fanned the flame into passion, by introducing me to great Black women artists who presented their artistry with clarity and unrestrained courage.
One of those great women was the unmistakable, Ms. Nina Simone. I am eternally grateful to my teachers for this particular introduction."