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Nina Simone – Live in Montreux 1976

Switzerland, 1976, digital video, color, 70 min.

One of the most dynamic and extraordinary artists, activists, composers and musicians of the twentieth century, Nina Simone (1933-2003) remained an extremely prolific singer and performer throughout her career, recording over fifty albums and five-hundred songs while performing incessantly. Simone used her remarkable talent to transmit messages of black liberation, self-empowerment and love through her music.

Fresh from a three-year spiritual journey in Liberia, Simone completely blindsides a Swiss jazz festival audience with a raw, intense confessionary performance. Nina’s unconventional production is contemptuous, hilarious, spiritual, brilliant—a breathtaking tour de force from the “High Priestess of Soul.”

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