Ayanna Witter-Johnson leads Bath Festival paying homage to Nina Simone

Event opens with the film documentary “Strange Fruit”,

Unique and captivating, Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a composer, jazz vocalist, cellist and pianist. She has collaborated with the likes of Courtney Pine and Nitin Sawhney, and recently won the Amateur Night Live competition at the renowned Harlem Apollo Theatre, joining a legacy of legendary champions including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Michael Jackson.

She leads a Festival-commissioned tribute to the great singer, songwriter, pianist and Civil Rights activist, Nina Simone, whose legacy lives on in a wealth of scorching protest songs – “Mississippi Goddam”, “To Be Young”, “Gifted and Black”, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” – as well as profoundly expressive versions of love songs like “I Loves You”, Porgy”.

The afternoon opens with the film documentary “Strange Fruit”, charting the secret life of the song Billie Holiday made famous.

AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON
Date: Monday 30th May
Time: 1:00pm
Venue: Bath Festivals, Bath
Box Office: 01225 463362
Tickets: £16 + bkg