‘I chose to reflect the times and the situations that I find myself in. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times?’
Sometimes you are fated for events to happen to you. This is what happened with and me and Nina Simone. More than twenty years ago I was living in Manchester and she was playing at the now defunct Nia Centre around the corner from my yard. Mate of mine had a row with his Mrs who was supposed to go and lo and behold there was a spare ticket which I nabbed quickly. Amazing and memorable show where she played all the classics and she must have been have been in her 60’s then but it was a performance full of energy and wisdom. Nina was also an activist like many artists of her time and was on the frontline during the struggles of the sixties and the seventies. True inspiration seen!
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