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Nina, the thoroughly misguided biopic of Nina Simone released earlier this year hardly did justice to the legacy of one of the greatest singers of all time. A good retelling of Simone’s incredibly eventful life is possible though, and that’s proved by Black is the Colour of My Voice. Coming direct from performances in New York and the Edinburgh Fringe, Apphia Campbell’s one-woman performance is heading to the Customs House on Saturday 9th July and packs more punch in one hour than the film ever could.

Perhaps that’s because Campbell sensibly doesn’t try to portray the indomitable figure of Simone herself. Instead, she channels Simone’s spirit into a fictional character, Mena Bordeaux. We follow her compelling yet heart-breaking story from being a young piano prodigy to being a renowned jazz vocalist prominent in the Civil Rights Movement. Jam packed with Simone’s hits, Campbell’s sensational performance promises to be captivating, intense but also a touching and nuanced portrayal of one of music’s true greats.

Black is the Colour of My Voice comes to the Customs House, South Shields on Saturday 9th July.



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