What Happened, Miss Simone? is a Netflix documentary directed by Liz Garbus on the life and times of legendary artist Nina Simone.
To pay homage to the artist, Eusebius McKaiser along with author and journalist Percy Mabandu discuss the documentary and her music.
Nina Simone is someone that we remember when we think about the softer side of life.— Percy Mabandu, Author and journalist
McKaiser says even though society celebrates the life and times of the beautiful artist Simone was, he believes society didn't understand her inner emotional landscape.
As a child, she was alienated from black and white communities simultaneously even while everyone would have imaged that she must have been enjoying showing off her excellence.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
Mabundu says the very gift that gave Simone access to the world and saved her life, dehumanised her.
Despite her battles, Nina Simone had a likeness of touch in her musicality.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
Simone combined the discipline of classical training with the amazing dynamism of a jazz piano to create magic, says McKaiser.
Listen below to the full conversation: