‘Love Simone Hate Fascism’: Pep Guardiola wears t-shirt featuring legendary musician and civil rights activist Nina during press conference after Man City boss expressed support for Black Lives Matter movement
- Guardiola’s t-shirt said ‘Love Simone, Hate Fascism’ as he addressed the media
- Nina Simone was an American singer-songwriter and black civil rights activist
- Man City boss has shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement
- Guardiola said he was ‘ashamed’ for white people’s behaviour in the past
- Simone associated with black nationalism and the ideas of Malcolm X
Pep Guardiola wore a t-shirt with the face of American singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone on it during his press conference on Tuesday.
The Manchester City manager’s attire bore the message ‘Love Simone, Hate Fascism’ as he answered questions from journalists ahead of their match with Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Guardiola has made no secret of his support of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks, whose campaigns for equality have gathered momentum following the death of black American George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in Minnesota in May.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wore a t-shirt with ‘Love Simone, Hate Fascism’ on it in tribute to American musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone
Simone was an American musician and songwriter who blended jazz and soul stylings
‘I’m embarrassed, I’m ashamed for what the white people have done [to] the black people,’ Guardiola said last month.
‘Just because you are born with another colour of skin, how can people think you are completely different than others.’
Simone was considered one of the most gifted musicians of her day, her style a blend of jazz, classical, gospel, folk, blues and soul.
But she famously refused to describe her stylings as jazz, saying ‘jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.’
She was equally influential as a campaigner in the black civil rights movement, supporting the controversial Malcolm X during the 1960s at the height of her fame.
Many of Simone’s most powerful songs were ones of protest against racism in America
Some of Simone’s protest songs saw her boycotted by sections of the music industry
Her song ‘Mississippi Goddam’, released in 1964 and written in less than an hour, was in response to the murder of NAACP activist Medgar Evers in Mississippi the previous year and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four young black girls.
The first of many protest songs, Simone said it came to her ‘in a rush of fury, hatred and determination.’
Simone spoke at numerous civil rights meetings and attended protest marches. Biographers said she supported black nationalism and violent uprising as advocated by Malcolm X as opposed to Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach.
‘I was on the side of Malcolm, there’s no doubt about that,’ she once said.
Manchester City players take the knee ahead of their match against Southampton on Sunday
But the increasingly political tone of her songs led to some in the music industry boycotting her work.
Simone’s breakthrough single, George Gershwin’s ‘I Loves You Porgy’, came out in 1959 and launched her to fame. It was soon followed by another hit, ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me.’
This song was re-released 30 years later, earning Simone another generation of admirers and became one of the most listened-to songs of the 20th century.
Simone lived the final years of her life in France before her death, aged 70, in 2003.