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Nina Simone honored with newly painted mural
Friday, 16 October 2020 21:45

From Staff Reports

TRYON — A mural honoring Nina Simone, the late Tryon native who went on to dazzle the music world,  recently was painted by artist Scott Nurkin on the wall of the Sunoco station at U.S. 176 and N.C. 108 in Tryon.

Nurkin has painted works in different areas of famous musicians.

“Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples said Nurkin approached Tryon about a mural of Nina Simone,” the Tryon Daily Bulletin reported on Oct. 14. “The mural is part of the North Carolina Musician Murals Project.”

The TDB added, “The town worked with Nurkin to help pay for part of the mural.”

Born as Eunice Kathleen Waymon, she later adopted the stage name of Nina Simone. She lived from Feb. 21, 1933 to April 21, 2003. Simone was a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and civil-rights activist. 

Nicknamed “the high priestess of soul,” Simone performed a broad range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, blues, folk, rhythm and blues, gospel and pop.



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