ATLANTA — The music and civil rights activism of legendary singer/songwriter Nina Simone will be celebrated at the 5th Kenyetta: A Festival of Women in Jazz at Spelman College, March 26-28, with a series of presentations, lectures and musical performances, including a featured concert by the Geri Allen Trio with special guest artist Carmen Lundy.

“Nina Simone represents the epitome of the complete musician/activist, from the classical-trained pianist, to a composer whose music addresses the Black woman’s experience in America,” said Joseph Jennings, Spelman College artist emeritus in music and festival organizer.


One of the few jazz festivals to exclusively showcase women of the African Diaspora, this year’s festivities include lectures by Dwight Andrews, Ph.D., Spelman Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D., associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, and musical performances by the Terrie Harper/Henry Conerway Trio featuring LaTosha Brown and the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble.

Click the following link to view the complete festival schedule.

The festival is free and open to the public and will be held at Spelman College (GPS address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310). For information, call 404-270-5476 or visit