Blank On Blank animates Nina Simone

The most recent animation from the PBS Digital Studios series covers a 1968 Nina Simone interview conducted by Lilian Terry.


Happy birthday to the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone! Pt 1 – The Music

“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”

No one has ever put more of themselves into every performance than Nina Simone. Even on video, her presence is regal and intimidating, and the emotional intensity that she brings to her material is utterly mesmerizing. Her passion is palpable, as though she has channeled generations of both joy and despair, into every note, not only in her singing, but also her intuitive and expressive work on the piano. Words simply cannot do her justice.

a spirited rendering, with Nina dropping the vocals so she can dance to her percussionists

Nina being playful on this version of See Line Woman

another one where Nina has to get up and get down