Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter
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Dr Nina Simone needs little introduction to music fans of any genre. Her accomplishments over the past 50 years have been nothing short of exemplary, and such is her standing that her live performances regularly sell out to this day.
Eunice Waymon was the sixth of seven children born into a poor family living in Tryon, North Carolina. The talented youngster played piano at the age of four, and following her musical training began her recording career as a teenager in the late ‘50s. Her repertoire now includes jazz standards, gospel and spirituals, classical music, folk songs of diverse origin, Civil Rights songs, blues, pop, songs from musicals and opera, African chants - and sweet, funky soul as represented here.
The ‘High Priestess of Soul’ is respected by fans and critics the world over as a mysterious, almost religious figure. Listen to ‘Funkier than a Mosquito’s Tweeter’ and you will hear her voice change from dark and raw to soft and sweet. She pauses, shouts, repeats, whispers and moans. Add to this all the way she puts her spell on an audience, and you have some of the elements that make Nina Simone the unique and highly respected artist that she is. And all to achieve her artistic aims: to express love, hate, sorrow, joy, loneliness - the whole range of human emotions - through music, through her voice and her fingers.
Her music makes some people dance and other people cry, but whatever you say about Nina Simone, it can only be said with reverence!