Carolina Black Music Month: Nina Simone

Carolina Black Music Month is spotlighting Nina Simone. Music from the Tryon, N.C., native spanned across genres and often included social commentary.

Musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on Feb. 21, 1933, in Tryon, N.C. She died on April 21, 2003, in Carry-le-Rouet, France.

Known as “The High Priestess of Soul,” Nina Simone recorded over 40 albums during her career. Her most notable songs include “I Put a Spell on You,” “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “Four Women,” “Sinnerman,” “Mississippi Goddamn,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl.”

She used her platform as an artist to bring attention to inequality and became an important musical figure during the civil rights movement.

See also: Celebrating Carolina artists during Black Music Month

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