Love Me or Leave Me   

A Tribute to Nina Simone 


Brings to the audience an experience of both the life story and the musical magic of Nina Simone – this consummate story teller, is appreciated across the spectrum of jazz, folk, pop and blues.

Gathered by artistic director Christine Manetta to honour & preserve the works of Nina Simone. The ensemble of Black Pearl, some of whose members have performed globally, will feature guitar improvisations & a solid back-line of bass & drums.

Christine Manetta, an accomplished contralto vocalist, sensitive to the political, activist art, portrays Nina Simone’s stories & songs with a passionate drive and gives them a spin of her own. Meet Melbourne’s High Priestess of Soul in making.


​"I had the pleasure recently to see Christine Manetta’s tribute show to Nina Simone. It took place at a venue that is perfectly suited for the show in an intimate Jazz / Cabaret club that feels like you are back in the 30's. The band was swinging from the start with the old school piano adding to the vibe.  The song selection was excellent and with the story of Nina being told as the show moves along really adds to the atmosphere. Christine's vocals complement the songs and you can hear she has a deep respect for Nina and the songs chosen. This is a fabulous show and I highly recommend you check it out. “- Barry Maxwell - Blues On The Hill Blues Radio


"a soulful experience" - Musical Director - Castlemaine Jazz Festival 2016


“enjoyed your concert …. great voice” Brian Kemp - Radio KLFM

“Christine Manetta & Black Pearl present a soulful and tirelessly skillful performance that marries stunning soul music with a breathtaking context of story, time and place.” – Roy Maloy - Impresario Speakeasy HQ