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Helen Mayhew presents three programmes exploring the career of jazz singer Nina Simone.

1: `The Early Years'.

Simone was playing and singing from the age of seven, under her real name, Eunice Waymon.

She was the star of her local church and went on to sign for Bethlehem Records, although her mother, a Methodist minister, denounced Nina's style as `the devil's music'.

Her story is told using recent interviews with her mother, brother, her long-term guitarist Al Schackman, music critic John Fordham, jazz singer Dianne Reeves and with Simone herself.

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The second of three programmes in which Helen Mayhew explores the career of jazz legend Nina Simone.

`Singing for Civil Rights'.

Nina Simone talks about her role in the American civil rights movement of the 60s, and Darcus Howe discusses the impact of her work during this time.

Other guests include Maya Angelou, John Fordham and Dianne Reeve.

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Concluding the series in which Helen Mayhew explores the career of jazz legend Nina Simone.

`Life after Home'.

A look at Simone's current output.

Having left politics and the country she fought so hard to improve, she has now found peace living in Marseille and touring the world when it suits her.

Her personal life has never been easy, and she admits to having a capricious nature.

What is it that made this great talent such a troubled soul? With John Fordham, Miriam Makeba, Darcus Howe and Dianne Reeves.