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Nona Hendryx

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Nona Hendryx


Nona Hendryx is a revolutionary art-rock, new-wave goddess. The vocalist, songwriter, musician, and multimedia artist tackles social issues, love, and politics in her work. Hendryx's career spans decades of sound and style evolution. Longtime Hendryx fans know her as a member of the groundbreaking group Labelle and the writer behind their No.1 worldwide hit “Lady Marmalade.” Hendryx came into her own as a solo artist, post-Labelle, on rock-infused albums. Her album Mutatis Mutandis (changing those things which need to be changed) lends necessary gravitas to a striking rendition of Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit,” with a smoky vocal tessitura somewhere between funk and the end of the stratosphere. Hendryx is an Ambassador for Artistry in Music for Berklee College at Boston Conservatory and BerkleeNYC. She curated and performed in a production created for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple of Dendur. Currently she is composing music for the revival of Blue, a play with music, and has written two compositions for Roundabout Theater's Broadway debut production of Trouble in Mind, written by Alice Childress and directed by Charles R. Wright. She also received a grant from Jazz South Arts to compose music for a new play, Young Nerds of Color, written by Melinda Lopez and directed by Dawn Meredith Simmons at Boston's Central Square Theater. Hendryx is passionate about music, visual art, and technology, and continues to be a prolific artist.

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