Nina Simone’s daughter Lisa – who goes by the stage name “Simone” - has put together a tribute show, Sing the Truth, which played the festival in Wellington on Saturday. During the day I ran into ceramicist Christine Harris, who reported that “Simone” had just bought her entire stage outfit – frock, earrings, hair clasp – from her daughter, Carly Harris (the woman who is single handedly bringing colour to New Zealand streets). The show was a knockout (as was the frock, if I can be allowed a Hartnell moment). I reviewed it for the New Zealand Herald online …
SING THE TRUTH
It was destiny, it was church. Nina Simone was called "the high priestess of soul" and the musicians and audience gather to pay homage, if not worship. They leave uplifted by four exhilarating African-American singers. (More here)
Since posting this review a couple of days ago, I have been contacted by the show’s producer in Brooklyn, NY, Danny Kapilian. In fact it was Danny who conceived, produced and recruited the artists for Sing the Truth. I’m happy to give credit where it’s due, especially as he was behind the great Harry Nilsson tribute CD from the mid-1990s, For the Love of Harry.