Multi-talented actor and musician Harry Belafonte was the first black performer to win an Emmy Award and the first recording artist to sell over a million copies of an album, though he was doubtlessly most proud of his longstanding work as an activist in international fights against racism, violence and world hunger. Belafonte ...
Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. He was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". Throughout his career he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes. He was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush administration.
[New Statesman (blog)] - It includes Wim Wenders' unmissable tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch and Susanne Rostock's documentary about Harry Belafonte's involvement in the American civil rights movement, Sing Your Song. The list has some prominent omissions: Werner Herzog's
[CTV.ca] - The Penthouse is now a strip joint, but was a destination supper club in its early days, featuring singers such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Harry Belafonte, and attracting A-list audiences including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
[The Guardian] - Elsewhere the longlist features a biopic of the veteran singer and activist Harry Belafonte (Sing Your Song), an insider's account of a struggling American football team (The Undefeated) and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the third part of a series of
[Journal Live] - I Liked Lonnie Donegan and Harry Belafonte and musicals. We used to sing around the piano. I bought 'Sylvia' by Focus. A budgie. It was crap. It did nowt. Were your school days the best days of your life? No, I was a square peg in a round hole.
[CTV.ca] - Among the films that made the list, released Friday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"; Wim Wenders' "Pina"; the Harry Belafonte profile "Sing Your Song";
"Die Vokabel "altes Europa" zu benutzen, das ist, als würde man sagen, die Bürgerrechte sind alt, Jesus ist alt, die Philosophen sind alt - und genau das ist der Punkt. Noch mal: Geschichte ist dazu da, aus ihr zu lernen. Europa ist da in einem höheren Reifestadium. Das ist nicht eure Schande, sondern eure Ehre." - Stuttgarter Zeitung vom 13. März 2003
The sham engineers of the music industry, who steer the wheels of public opinion, are driving the good features of calypso into the ground. I shudder to think what these greedy men will eventually do to this true art form. - As quoted in New Musical Express ( May 1957), also in NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1992) by John Tobler, p. 40