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Rommel Reaux of the Belafonte Alumni Group leads the group of singers comprised of musicians and artists who toured with Belafonte during his stage performing days. In the background, a photo of Belafonte in his younger years.
Gabrielle Lee of the Belafonte Alumni Group, at a birthday tribute concert for Calysonian legend Harry Belafonte.
Singer Sharon Brooks leads a song at the concert.
Ty Stephens performs at “Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte” on March 1.
Musical director Richard Cummings Jr. and singers Ty Stephens, Sam McKelton, and Rommel Reaux perform a number together at a birthday tribute concert for Harry Belafonte.

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
Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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