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  • Writer's pictureTimothy Crosby

DaPlaylister Network pays tribute to the Late, Great Harry Belafonte (1927 - 2023)





Earlier this week we lost a giant, and national treasure. Harry Belafonte was a legend in the music industry and a hero in the civil rights movement. Born in Harlem, New York in 1927, Belafonte is known for his incredible voice and his powerful activism for civil and human rights.


Belafonte's career began in the 1950s, and he quickly became one of the most popular and influential musicians of his time. His music blended traditional Caribbean sounds with American jazz and pop, creating a unique sound that captivated audiences around the world. Some of his most famous hits include "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", "Jump In The Line", and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." In the late 80's he experienced some-what of an introduction to a new generation when the aforementioned "Day-O" and "Jump In The Line" was featured in Tim Burton's smash hit movie "Beetlejuice" (1988)





Beyond his music, Belafonte was also a passionate activist for civil and human rights. He used his platform to speak out against racism, inequality, and injustice, and he worked closely with other leaders in the movement, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Belafonte's activism inspired generations of people to fight for justice and equality, and he remains an inspiration to this day. Belafonte once said, ““My responsibility as an artist is to uplift, to inspire, to motivate, to provoke, to agitate, and to liberate.” Mr. Belafonte left all creatives and entertainers with the example on how they should use their platform and voices to fight for those who do not have such a voice or platform.


As a tribute to his incredible legacy, we are proud to announce that two of Belafonte's most beloved songs, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" and "Jump In The Line", will be featured on the "My Pop Sh!t" playlist. These songs are timeless classics that continue to captivate audiences around the world, and we are honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Harry Belafonte through his music.





Harry Belafonte passed away in his New York home of congested heart failure on April 25, 2023 at the age of 96, his legacy as a musician and activist will continue to inspire generations of people around the world. We are proud to feature his music on the "My Pop Sh!t" playlist and to celebrate his incredible life and career. Thank you, Mr. Belafonte, for your enduring contributions to music, culture, and the fight for justice and equality.


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