Re: Nina Simone Remembered
- Thank you so much for your remembrance Mr. Cassell, it means a lot to
me. I am very fascinated with the 70s in general, especially in
regards to pan-african cultural explosition. I think even Mariam
Makeba mentioned in her autobiography of sending her daughter to
school in Liberia during the seventies while she lived in Guinea and
looking forward to her visits with Nina. I am sure fans around the
world would love to know if any of her live performances there, in the
motherland was ever captured on tape and possibly resurface as CD one
day. Hope to read one day an article on her stay in Monrovia and
possibly some comments from a lady like Miatta Fahnbulleh who probably
knew her well.
I am aware of the difficulties that Liberia is facing today, but I am
confident that one day a cultural and economic renaissance will take
place once again international artist will return. And hopefully when
they do someone will have the vision to remember Nina's contribution
and open a world class jazz club in her honor, so that the world will
remember that once upon a time a great had so much love in her heart
and decided to live in a once sacred land built by Gods Command.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Joe Cassell" <jomocass@h...>
> Yes, I remembered those years when Nina lived in Liberia. She movedwithin Liberia' s elite circle during those years; going to functions
hosted by then President Tolbert and consorting with the movers and
shakers within the corridors of Liberia political power during those
days. Her hits "To be young gifted and black" and "Save me" were
staples on Liberian radio during the early 70s, so when she came to
Liberia she was already a household name , of sorts. From what I w
told during those days, she was the life of every party she attended.
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> The recent passing of legendary song stylist Nina Simone,
> affectionately known as The High Priestess of Soul, leaves one to
> wonder if anyone remembers her contributions to Liberia. I am
> trying to locate my copy of her autobiography I PUT A SPELL ONYOU,
> but in it she relates leaving in Liberia during the mid-seventiesand
> almost marrying the legendary politician C.C Dennis Sr.net-liberia-unsubscribe@e...
> I wonder what the music scene was like during those years and if
> anyone in particular remembers Nina's stay in the cou
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- Just read this article about Nina Simone's funeral and there is a
strong possibility that her ashes may be spread over Liberia.
Some 300 mourners flocked to this southern French town on Friday to
pay their last respects to legendary US jazz and blues singer Nina
Simone, who died earlier this week at the age of 70.
South African singer Miriam Makeba, a close friend of Simone, was
among those in attendance at the funeral in the Our Lady of the
Assumption church at Carry-le-Rouet, just west of the port city of
"She was not only an artist but also a freedom fighter," Makeba said
before taking a seat inside the church close to Simone's 36-year-old
daughter Lisa for the ceremony.
Simone, who was born Eunice Waymon to a poor black family in the US
state of North Carolina in 1933, died on Monday of natural causes in
Carry-le-Rouet, where she lived for the last eight years of her life.
The singer, known as one of the last great jazz divas, was also a
committed civil rights activist in the United States during the 1950s
and 1960s, fighting oppression as a black woman from the segregated
The funeral ceremony began with a recording of Jacques Brel's "Ne me
quitte pas" (Don't Leave Me), which Simone had incorporated into her
"We were the greatest and I love you," read a message from British pop
star Elton John, nestled in an arrangement of yellow roses on the
"Of course Nina wasn't perfect, but she fought for the rights of
blacks in the United States, and for that reason alone, I'm sure she's
up above now. Thank you, Nina," Father Guy de Fatto, a former jazz
bassist, told mourners.
"She loved France and the French. I ask you not to let her memory
fade. Talk about her, listen to her music," said her visibly moved
daughter Lisa, before singing a gospel hymn. Simone's daughter --
known professionally as Simone -- is currently starring in John's
Broadway production of "Aida."
Memorial services are to be held in New York and in Simone's home town
of Tryon, North Carolina, for all those who could not attend Friday's
ceremony, according to Javier Collados, the assistant to Simone's
Simone was to be cremated later in the day in Marseille, with only her
immediate family present. At her request, family members will spread
her ashes in several African countries, Collados said.
The singer, who later became known as the "High Priestess of Soul,"
started playing piano at age four and went on to study at New York's
prestigious Juilliard School of Music to become a classical pianist.
She changed her name to Nina Simone -- the surname in honor of French
actress Simone Signoret -- and cut her first records in the late
1950s, making a career not only as a nightclub singer but as a
pianist, arranger and composer.
Simone scored her first major hit with her rendition of "I Loves You
Porgy," from the George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess".
(This article was originally published on LYCOS News April 25, 2003)