- 18 Oct 18
BBC Radio Ulster have put together a short video, documenting the time when Nina Simone was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Hot Press back in 1999.
The veteran singer was given the award for a lifetime of powerful, and empowering soul music, which came to document the African-American experience. She was presented with the Award by Sinead O'Connor at the Irish MUsic Hall of Fame (which is now The Academy).
In the video, produced by the BBC, journalist Stuart Bailie recalls the impact that Nina Simone had on Irish audiences, producer/presenter Mike Edgar talks about the singer's unusual requests, and Agnelli and Nelson's Chris Agnew remembers her nicking a packet of fags from right under his nose...
The video was made ahead of the performance of a theatre piece at the MAC, Belfast, where the Olivier Award nominee Josette Bushell- Mingo (Rafiki – Disney’s The Lion King) will draw together tales from her's and Nina's career. Tickets for Nina A Story about Me and Nina Simone are available here: https://themaclive.com/event/nina-a-story-about-me-and-nina-simone
Watch the full video for the Hot Press Awards here: