Nina Simone, three rebel turns


there Nina Simone maybe he would have liked it how the students of the Liceu Conservatory protested at the citizens' ceremony in their center: with music. The students received the entourage with the imperial march of Star Wars – what represents evil, they also sang the Hymn of irrigation and they fired Goodbye time, a non-violent, intelligent and ironic way of using what they dominate, their tools. Simone would have liked her too, too Political activism through music, not only actively engaging in the fight for civil rights, but also with iconic songs like Being young, gifted and black or Mississippi, damn itIt is worth mentioning now that a former Ku Klux leader Klan has just congratulated Vox on his achievements in the Andalusian elections. Simone, as Maria-Mercè Marçal left the writing, was "three rebellious revolts": "Woman, poor and oppressed nation".

This is happening because they have just translated into Spanish the memories of "Eunice Kathleen Waymon, real name of the singer and pianist of Tryon, North Carolina, who wrote with the help of Stephen Cleary and published in 1991 with the title I put a Spell on You. Now, thanks to Libros del Kultrum – a new publisher created by Julián Viñuales which has just published part of the legacy of the gonzo journalist Lester Bangs-, the autobiography has appeared under the title Victim of my spell. Memories of Nina Simone, a rough book, with no fills or literary ambitions, but which leads us stealthily towards one of the most fascinating personalities of 20th century popular culture. A story that has to do with music, yes, but it is mostly from someone who has not been content to take on the subservient role that was planned for a black girl born into a working class family in the southern United States .

A woman who is courageous and full of contradictions, yes, but who makes her life live a lie for all those who do not surrender to the prejudices and laws that oppress them. The price he had to pay for being black is not able to fulfill his dream of being a classical music pianist, when he seemed to have the talent to become the first black concert performer in the United States. To pay for his studies, he had to act in unpleasant nightclubs – the first concert with an umbrella and a bucket to let them leap out on the piano bench – and that's how he became the artist we know. He suffered racial discrimination and gender-based violence – his second husband, Andy Stroud, brutally beat him before he married and became his manager for years – he lived in Barbados and Liberia and was related to high-level politicians. In the book, Simone He does not hide his contradictions, like the difficult relationship with his father and his shortcomings as a mother to his daughter Lisaand it is this honesty that is transformed Victim of my spell in a corprenedor book. Remembering Nina Simone is to remember that there are people born with privileges and people born. In this last one there is no other choice than that get up and fight against oppression.


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