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I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
Nina Simone was a musician, author, singer, and pianist. Simone wanted to be the first African American concert pianist. Although Simone learned to play piano from her family, her mother cleaned a british womans home in exchange for piano lessons.
Nina Simone accomplished many things in her life time. One of those many thinks was earning a one year scholarship to Julliard school of music in New York City. Nina Simone wrote her own autobiography called 'I put a spell on you." Simone recorded many different songs including : "I Put a Spell on You", "Gin House Blues", Forbidden Fruit" and many others.
Over the years Nina Simone had become politically active, and during the civil rights movement she sang and performed musical peices about racism. When one of the civil rights leaders were killed she wrote a few songs in response to the tragedy. They were: "Backlash Blues"and "Sunday in Savannah".
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