The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61495   Message #4175554
Posted By: meself
26-Jun-23 - 11:39 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Subject: RE: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
I'm rather surprised at people knocking Belafonte for whatever he may have said in his stage patter about hearing some song on the wharves of Jamaica, or whatever - the man was a professional entertainer, not a professor of history or folklore, nor was he testifying under oath. He was creating a mood with music and story to provide an hour or two of escape for his audience, which is what most of them paid for. If we're going to start dismissing every performer who spouted some BS from the stage, we won't be left with many.