Nina Simone, Duende & Pastel Blues

Nina Simone’s Pastel Blues is a true embodiment of duende — the rare depth and darkness that impels her work.

1969 © Jack Robinson / Hulton Archive


Paganini’s Caprice №24
1968 © Hulton Archive

A Brief History

1968 © David Redfern

Pastel Blues


Nina Simone & Andrew Stroud, photographer unknown.
Be My Husband
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
End of the Line
Trouble in Mind
Tell Me More and More and Then Some
Chilly Winds Don’t Blow
Ain’t No Use
Abel Meeropol with sons Michael and Robert Meeropol in 1954, via Robert Meeropol
Strange Fruit
1967 © Tony Gale
© Ron Kroon

Scottish-Ghanaian writer, photographer and former lawyer; currently based in Bucharest, Romania.

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