Harry Belafonte’s Calypso is the treat that you think it is. A keeper. Day-O indeed. I’m calling calypso “reggae” in terms of categories because I sadly don’t have many reggae albums. This 1956 album is a true reflection of this gentleman.
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 andhumanitarian causes and was a vocal critic of the policies of the George W. Bush Administration.
- Harry Belafonte: ‘Faced with oppression, I had to act’ (repeatingislands.com)
- AUDIO: Harry Belafonte on the power of song (news.bbc.co.uk)
- In praise of … Harry Belafonte (guardian.co.uk)
- cartermagazine: Today In History We Honor Harry… (rafer.net)