Harry Belafonte: Singer and civil rights activist dies aged 96


BBC- Harry Belafonte, the singer and actor who smashed racial barriers in the US, has died at home in Manhattan, aged 96.

One of the most successful African-American pop stars in history, he scored hits with Island In The Sun, Mary’s Boy Child and the UK number one Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).

But his greatest achievements were as a campaigner for black civil rights in the US.

He died of congestive heart failure, said his spokesman Ken Sunshine.

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  1. I’m not a Harry Belafonte fan, but I’m aware of his career on the stage and big screen.
    However, for some reason(choosing music for the playlist for my 95 year young birthday celebration in a couple of weeks), I began to play Harry Belafonte music…

    …me say day! Me say daylight come and me want go home.

    …oh island in the sun, willed to me by my fathers hands.

    I’ll definitely enjoy playing his music for my mother, family and friends @ her 95th year, of celebrating life on this planet. Hey, they’re a bunch of 😄😄😄kinda, wanna bee pink_people, pink people😄😄😄.
    I have to be politically correct here, if you know what I mean.

    Another Caribbean Icon with a positive mission, leaving a legacy which can be emulated.

    Jumbee_Picknee aka Ras Smood
    De ‘ole Dutty Peg🦶🏿Foot Bastard

    Vere C. Edwards

  2. Condolences to his family and friends. This island man who like many from the Caribbean was at the forefront of the US civil rights movement. Their earlier life ensured they had a vision to push for the needed change. Unlike some he advocated humility. No doubt he is hearing “well done” from the creator.

  3. Harold George Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927 in New York City. He was the son of Jamaican born parents. He was educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, , and did folk-singing in nightclubs and theaters, and on television. Belafonte will be remembered as one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, as a singer, musician and actor. But his civil rights work in the 1960s and his anti-apartheid work in the 1980s will be just as enduring. He earned much admiration for his humanitarian work to relieve hunger and fight cancer, and scorn for his vocal opposition to U.S. foreign policy and his friendship with Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

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