Nina Simone: Portrait of a smoldering volcano

Nina Simone (©Classic Film/Flickr)

When Nina Simone’s autobiography “I Put a Spell on You” appeared in 1992, we met up with the mesmerising singer in her Paris apartment. Nina Simone (1933-2003) had a classical music education, but instead fate brought her fame as a jazz singer. In this interview, she speaks about racism in America, rap music, her love for Africa and the anger that has driven her to make a weapon of her music.

Interviewer: Peter van den Akker
Broadcast: October 1, 1992