Harry Belafonte...Live! Harry Belafonte

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Label: Sony / RCA / Legacy

Genre: Vocal


Artist: Harry Belafonte

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  • 1Medley: Look Over Yonder/ Be My Woman, Gal06:16
  • 2Mr. Bojangles05:16
  • 3Suzanne06:18
  • 4Pastures of Plenty04:47
  • 5Wedding Song04:20
  • 6Mahlalela (Lazy Bones)04:30
  • 7Nonqonqo (To Those We Love)03:00
  • 8Mamani05:15
  • 9Qonqoza (Knock Knock)03:03
  • 10Out De Fire11:33
  • 11Brother Moses02:28
  • 12Someone Is Standin' Outside03:55
  • 13Oh Brother03:47
  • 14Carnival Medley17:20
  • 15Abraham, Martin & John05:02
  • Total Runtime01:26:50

Info for Harry Belafonte...Live!

„Hot on the heels of his 'comeback' album, Calypso Carnival, RCA released this double LP of Harry Belafonte performing live at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto, Canada. Like the Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall package, this album features standout guest artists in the person of South African singer Letta Mbulu and gospel artist Ella Mitchell. Hearkening back to the Swing Dat Hammer album, Belafonte led off the concert with the chain gang song 'Look Over Yonder,' in a medley with 'Be My Woman Gal.' Another highlight from Belafonte's solo section was an exciting version of Woody Guthrie's 'Pastures of Plenty.' Mbulu's four-song segment is riveting, recalling the work of her compatriot, Miriam Makeba. Easily, the highlights of the album were Belafonte's audience participation number of the day, the calypso 'Out de Fire,' and the 'Carnival Medley,' consisting of a well-constructed sequencing of calypso tunes identified with Belafonte. An interesting inclusion in the latter is that of 'Marianne,' a song Belafonte never committed to vinyl before (the hit was by the Easy Riders). This album stands along with his three other double-live concert albums as an example of why Harry Belafonte has been one of the world's most popular entertainers for over four decades.“ (Cary Ginell, AMG)

Harry Belafonte, vocals
Letta Mbulu, vocals (on 'Mahlalela', 'Nonqonqo', 'Mamani', 'Qonqoza“)
Ella Mitchell, vocals (on 'Brother Moses', 'Someone Is Standin' Outside', 'Oh Brother“)
Sivuca, vocals, accordion
The Howard Roberts Chorale, vocals

Recorded 1972 at O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada
Engineered by George Semkiw, Bob Simpson, Hayward Parrott, Paul Emile Mongeau
Produced by Jack Pleis, John Cartwright

Digitally remastered

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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