An Evening With Belafonte & Makeba Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba

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Label: RCA Records Label Nashville

Genre: Folk

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba

Composer: Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masurka, Fadhili William

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  • 1Train Song (Mbombela)03:10
  • 2Kwazulu (In the Land of the Zulus)02:32
  • 3Hush, Hush (Thula, Thula)03:03
  • 4Nongqongqo (To Thos We Love)02:17
  • 5Give Us Our Land (Mabayeke)02:27
  • 6Beware, Verwoerd! (Ndodemnyama)02:05
  • 7Gone Are My Children (Baile Banake)02:47
  • 8Hurry, Mama, Hurry! (Khawuleza)03:25
  • 9My Angel (Malaika)03:12
  • 10Cannon (Mbayi, Mbayi)02:47
  • 11Lullaby (Thula Sthandwa Same)02:46
  • 12Show Me The Way, My Brother (Iph'Indlela)03:10
  • Total Runtime33:41

Info for An Evening With Belafonte & Makeba

This 1966 Grammy Award-winning album by two prominent `60s social activists was an opportunity for Harry Belafonte to present the South African singer Miriam Makeba performing a program of double-edged songs, which work not only as tuneful folk pieces but also as protests against her country's inhuman political system. Sung both in English and in various African languages, including the distinctive 'click' of Xhosa, such soothing lullabies as 'Hush, Hush' and 'My Angel' stand in distinct contrast to the upfront challenges of 'Beware, Verwoerd' (Dr. Verwoerd was then South African Prime Minister, and known as the creator of apartheid) and 'Give Us Our Land.'

„Since Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba had appeared together in concert frequently in the early '60s, customers spying an LP called An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba might reasonably have assumed that the record would contain a joint live performance by the two, and that might help explain why this album charted in the Top 100 despite its challenging material. To begin with, it is not a live album, but rather a studio recording. And it isn't so much a duo album, for the most part, as a joint album; Belafonte and Makeba perform together on only two tracks, 'Train Song' and 'Cannon.' Otherwise, they split up the selections, each appearing on five. The real point of this album is to present a group of South African songs in more or less authentic fashion. They are sung mostly in either Xhosa or Zulu, with one song in Sotho and another in Swahili. Despite the English song titles (with the original titles following in parenthesis), there is only one moment on the album when the English language is spoken; that is when Makeba explains the meaning of 'Khawuleza' (the Xhosa title of 'Hurry, Mama, Hurry!') as referring to situations in which children alert their mothers that the authorities are coming. Both Belafonte and Makeba are frequently accompanied by a choir for some wonderful effects. This is a powerful album of traditional South African music, and anyone buying it realizing that will be well satisfied. Just don't think the disc is what it appears to be from the title.“ (William Ruhlmann, AMG)

Harry Belafonte, vocals (on tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12)
Miriam Makeba, vocals (on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Sam Brown, guitar
Eddie Diehl, guitar
Marvin Falcon, guitar
Ernie Calabria, guitar
Jay Berliner, guitar
William Salter, bass
John Cartwright, bass
Auchee Lee, percussion
Solomon Ilori, percussion
Chief Bey, percussion
Ralph MacDonald, percussion
Percy Brice, percussion

Recorded 1985 at RCA Victor Studio A, New York City, N.Y.
Engineered by Bob Simpson
Produced by Andy Wiswell

Digitally remastered

Please Note: We offer this album in its native sampling rate of 44.1 kHz, 24-bit. The provided 96 kHz version was up-sampled and offers no audible value!

Harry Belafonte
Harold George Harry Belafonte was born in March 1, 1927. His family was Jamaican descent, but he was born in the United States. He is an actor, singer and a socio humanitarian activist. His mother Melvine, was a house keeper while his father Harold George, was a chef. Between the years 1932 and 1940, he lived in Jamaica with his grandmother. He then attended George Washington High School in New York; he was then enrolled into the navy and participated in the Second World War.

In late 1940s, he enrolled in drama classes and subsequently joined the American Negro Theatre to perfect his skills. Due to his hard work and determination, he was awarded a Tony Award. In 1950s, he popularized the musical style in Caribbean using international fans and as a result he was nicknamed the “king of calypso”. “Banana Boat Song” was his major hit song that brought him into the limelight across the world. Throughout his entire life, he has been a major crusader of civil and humanitarian rights; he was in the forefront of criticizing president G. W. Bush administrative policies.

His first commonly released album “Matilda” was recorded on April 27, 1953. In 1956, the Calypso album was launched which attracted the attention of the world earning him the nickname. He made very many recordings between the years 1950s to the 1970s; he was so famous that he was even invited to perform in the inauguration ceremony of President John F. Kennedy. Due to the emergence of The Beatles and other superstars from Britain in late 1960s, Harry Belafonte’s fame started diminishing very fast the same way it had come. He started touring the world in 1980s actively participating in humanitarian issues, during this time he made very few recordings.

He was the first African American to win an award in television production in 1950s; he has also received several honors including the coveted Kennedy Center Honors in the year 1989. He has held many concerts until in 2007 when he stated that he had retired due to illness. Belafonte also stirred in various films in 1950s like; Bright Road, Otto Preminger among others. He was not very happy with the roles he was allocated in the movies; and as a result he took a break until in 1970s. He has since been involved in so many movies his last one was in 2006 in a movie titled “Bobby, Emilio Estevez”

Harry Belafonte was married to Marguerite Byrd from 1948 to 1957 and they have two daughters, Adrienne and Shari. In March 8, 1957, he married Julie Robinson and they have two children, David and Gina. On April 2008, he married Pamela Frank. Paul Robeson was his political mentor who had a great influence in his political ideologies and beliefs. Belafonte opposed racial discrimination in America and colonialism in Africa. He was so active to the extent that President John F. Kennedy gave him advisory role to the Peace Corps. He has participated in various funds drives that have been held across the world to promote humanitarian activities.

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