CALYPSO TRIBUTE

Man of the hour: Calyspo legend Harry Belafonte, center, with City College executives Sharon Mackey-McGee, left, and Karen Mackey Witherspoon, at the “Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte” tribute concert on his 91st birthday on March 1.
Hubert Williams

Calypso legend Harry Belafonte celebrated his birthday attending a tribute concert in his honor at City College on March 1. The 91-year-old was front and center at the “Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte,” as he was serenaded with a show of his classic hits.

Members of the Belafonte Alumni Group — a group of artists and musicians who once toured with the singer during his career, performed an hour and a half long concert of the entertainer’s biggest tunes.

More than 200 people turned out to see the concert, which had performances of the “Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” and “Matilda.”

During the show, concert-goers got to briefly meet and greet Belafonte, who was a surprise guest of the night because he was not expected to be there. He was also presented with a special portrait of himself by the alumni group.

Some other notable guests also in attendance were his wife Pamela Frank, two of his children — David and Gina Belafonte, and the Nora, Guy, and Hasna Davis — the three children of his late friends Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimo[email protected]local.com.

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