Edinburgh Diaries – Aug 7
Black is the Color of my Voice and Nina Simone: Soul Sessions are in many ways two halves of the same. In the former Apphia Campbell explores the Nina Simone story through the conceit of a conversation with her late father, aided by a suitcase of memories. In the latter, a gig, she explores through music her own relationship with Nina Simone. This is powerful material and Campbell is a strong, engaging performer with a rich and soulful voice. In both her empathy and connection with Nina shines through. Whilst Black is the Colour of my Voice feels at times constrained by the usual conceits of the one person biopic (and a typical makeshift Edinburgh theatre space), its in Soul Sessions with its added personal touch where she really flies.
Black is the Color of My Voice, tickets here
Nina Simone soul sessions, tickets here