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Nina Simone – Legacy

with Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE

Nina Simone - Legacy

Olivier Award-nominated performer and activist Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE revisits her acclaimed international production of Nina: A Story about Me and Nina Simone through music, film and discussion.

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone enjoyed international acclaim when it opened in 2017. Juxtaposing Simone’s brave and daring legacy and the fight against racism with persisting societal inequalities, the timely piece questioned how far we’ve really come. 

Rehearsals and performances were filmed by Swedish director Lamin Daniel Jadama for the documentary CALL NINA! shown on Swedish Television in 2021. The film follows Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE behind the scenes and shows how art can provide space for debate and change, exploring her ongoing relationship with Simone and the continued, urgent need for anti-racist resistance.

The evening features the London premiere of the film CALL NINA! followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Javeria K Shah and finishes with a concert from Bushell-Mingo and a quartet conducted by Shapor Bastansiar.

Stage times:

7.30pm start time 

7.30pm Film Screening of CALL NINA!

8.45pm Panel Discussion

9.15pm Interval

9.30pm Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE performs songs from Nina: A Story about Me and Nina Simone

10pm end time

Stage times are approximate and subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican


‘Nina played at the Barbican, so when I was asked if I would like to share the work and debate, the provocation was irresistible.‘
Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE


‘Searing tribute restarts Simone's revolution‘
Lyn Gardner , The Guardian
‘Electric storm of a performance‘
Time Out London

Full schedule

Film Screening of CALL NINA!: 60 min - UK premier of Lamin Daniel Jadama's film

Panel Discussion: 30 min - Dr. Javeria K Shah leads the panel. 

Interval: 15 min

Concert: 30 min - Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE performs the songs that formed the core of Nina: A Story about Me and Nina Simone. Headed by conductor and composer Shapor Bastansiar.

Performance credits

Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE actor and singer

Lamin Daniel Jadama filmmaker

Shapor Bastansiar music conductor

Dr. Javeria K Shah lead panellist

Prof Lynette Godard panellist

Karena Johnson panellist


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