spirit of nina
spirit of nina
Drea d’Nur is a Buffalo-based singer and songwriter whose work has reached national and international acclaim but has localized her work to highlight the rich history of Black music and art in Buffalo. During 2016, Drea d’Nur toured Montreal and various cities throughout Europe to perform at the House of Jazz while also using her time at home in Buffalo to design and create a poignant celebration of Nina Simone at Kleinhan’s Music Hall on February 24, 2017. The “Spirit of Nina” was based on the history of Nina Simone in Buffalo and her 1964 performance at Kleinhans. To begin the process she hired a local filmmaker and set out to speak with musical and dance performers in Buffalo who had performed with Ms. Simone. She was able to speak with more than four artists who shared the stage with Nina while acknowledging the powerful history of the Black Dance Workshop which provided a space and place for black Buffalo dancers to explore a rich history through dance. The film, which also pays homage to Emily Latimer, features a performance in which Latimer and Simone collaborate on “Black is the Color of My True Love’e Hair,” a right that was granted to very few by the stage owning Simone. Drea’s celebration of Simone was not limited to film and stage, but also sought out local artists to connect to Nina through visual arts which were displayed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Included in these pieces were paintings by accomplished artists as well as children from the City of Buffalo. By working with organizations that serve youth in the arts, Ms. D’Nur was able to introduce a whole new generation to the strength found in the voice and words of Nina Simone.
Learn more about Drea d'Nur at www.officialdreadnur.com.