American Singer, actor, and civil rights campaigner Harry Belafonte died on Tuesday at the age of 96, the US media reported.
According to the source, He died of congestive heart failure while in his New York home with his wife Pamela by his side, according to his public relations firm.
He popularized Jamaican mento folk songs marketed in a Trinbagonian Calypso musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist.
Belafonte was best known for his recordings of “The Banana Boat Song”, with its signature “Day-O” lyric, “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)”, “Jamaica Farewell”, and “Mary’s Boy Child”. He recorded and performed in many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards.
Belafonte won three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994.
Bernie Sanders tweeted, “Harry Belafonte was not only a great entertainer, but he was a courageous leader in the fight against racism and worker oppression. Jane and I were privileged to consider him a friend and will miss him very much.“
American Singer, Harry Belafonte Died at Age 96
Harry Belafonte was not only a great entertainer, but he was a courageous leader in the fight against racism and worker oppression. Jane and I were privileged to consider him a friend and will miss him very much. pic.twitter.com/TO2xrz0GJF— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 25, 2023