Nina Simone

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Zoe Saldana apologises for playing Nina Simone in controversial biopic
Actor previously defended her role in the film but now says ‘somebody else should tell her story’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Aug, 2020 @12:50 PM

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Nina Simone, Montreux Jazz 1976: a difficult, unsteady return to the limelight
Simone’s prowess on the piano and her exceptional baritone were intact, but the 76 Montreux show can be tough to watch for the uninitiated

Vanessa Okoth-Obbo

29, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Raye's lockdown listening: 'Nina Simone tears your skin and burns your eardrums'
The British dance-pop star considers Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come amid the Black Lives Matter protests, and picks out tracks by Otis Redding, Miraa May and more

Interview by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

12, Jun, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Nina Simone: where to start in her back catalogue
Our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: the deft genius who raged searingly at injustice

Dorian Lynskey

20, Apr, 2020 @9:28 AM

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Hope in the dark: culture to make you feel less terrible about the UK election
You may be distraught at the result, or just want a break from politics – so find solace in our critics’ pick of 30 films, songs, books and more to hide under a duvet with

Peter Bradshaw, Alexis Petridis, Kate Abbott, Hannah J Davies, Richard Lea, Alison Flood, Imogen Tilden and Keith Stuart

13, Dec, 2019 @11:30 AM

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RSVP Nina Simone and Shamima Begum: a dinner party for our times
In Caryl Churchill’s play Top Girls, five famous women from history gather for a dinner party. Who would today’s big names in theatre invite?

Interviews by Kate Wyver

24, Mar, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Raised by Wolves – brought down by trunnions | Brief letters
Brief letters: Venezuela and Opec | Refugee supplement | Nina Simone | Travails of Morris Minors | Carbon dioxide shortage


22, Jun, 2018 @3:41 PM

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Nina Simone: the growing legacy of a dazzling, defiant talent
The recognition of the singer’s North Carolina home as a national treasure marks another step in reassessing her remarkable career

Jim Farber

19, Jun, 2018 @2:04 PM

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Rambert review – Ben Duke's dance to the death is a searingly emotional joyride
Inspired by the onstage intensity of Nina Simone, the centrepiece of this triple bill blurs real life and performance to spectacular effect

Judith Mackrell

22, Nov, 2017 @2:03 PM

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The day I shared a bubble bath with Nina Simone
It’s summer 1999 in London, and Nina Simone’s most devoted fan is about to get a big surprise

Michael Alago

19, Nov, 2017 @6:00 AM

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'Dancers didn’t speak to Merce Cunningham like this!': Ben Duke's backstage Rambert diary
He has 22 dancers, five musicians and six weeks to create a work that answers Nina Simone’s call for artists to reflect the times. Choreographer Ben Duke on the battles and breakthroughs of his new show, Goat

Ben Duke

18, Oct, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Radiohead among nominees for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2018
Rage Against the Machine, LL Cool J and Kate Bush also feature on the shortlist, which will be put to a public vote

Guardian music

05, Oct, 2017 @10:31 AM

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