#HarryBelafonte, the American singer, actor, and civil rights activist, passed away today, April 25th, 2023. The legendary performer, of Caribbean descent died at the age of 96.
Bootsy Collins of Parliament Funkadelic dedcribed his desth as “another brick in our fabric of life has risen, Mr. Harry Belafonte; Mar. 1-1927 – April-25-2023) was an American singer, activist, and actor.”
“His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Best known for “The Banana Boat Song” with its signature “Day-O” lyric, “Jump in the Line”, and “Jamaica Farewell”.
He recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He also starred in several films, including Carmen Jones (1954), Island in the Sun (1957), and Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).
He was born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.
The singer, actor and civil rights activist was said to have broken down racial barriers to make progresd in all his endeavours.
As well as performing global hits, Belafonte spent his life fighting for a variety of causes. Chart-topping calypso singer who supported US civil rights movement and African initiatives died of congestive heart failure.