Quotomania 115: Harry Belafonte

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Today’s Quotation is care of Harry Belafonte. Listen in! Subscribe to Quotomania on quotomania.com or search for Quotomania on your favorite podcast app!

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Harry Belafonte, orig. Harold George Belafonte, Jr., (born March 1, 1927, New York, N.Y., U.S.), was a U.S. singer, actor, and producer. He was born to immigrants from Martinique and Jamaica, and he lived with his mother in Jamaica from 1935 to 1940. In the early 1950s he initiated a fad for calypso music with songs such as “Day-O (Banana Boat Song)” and “Jamaica Farewell.” He starred in the films Carmen Jones(1954) and Island in the Sun (1957) and later became the first black television producer. In the 1960s and ’70s he was a prominent civil-rights activist. From the 1970s onward his singing career was a secondary occupation, and he acted in films such as Uptown Saturday Night (1974) and Kansas City (1996).

From https://www.britannica.com/summary/Harry-Belafonte

For more information about Harry Belafonte:

Previously on The Quarantine Tapes:

Ramsess about Belafonte, at 13:50: https://quarantine-tapes.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quarantine-tapes-118-ramsess

Sandra Jackson-Dumont about Belafonte, at 20:50: https://quarantine-tapes.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quarantine-tapes-033-sandra-jackson-dumont

“Harry Belafonte and the Social Power of Song”: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/harry-belafonte-and-the-social-power-of-song

“Six Decades After the Banana Boat, Harry Belafonte’s Archive Sails Home”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/arts/harry-belafonte-archives-schomburg.html

Episode Transcription

“You can cage the singer but not the song.”