April 1, 2014 |
SONGS AND stories about the late, great South African (and world) leader Nelson Mandela will be top of mind for Hugh Masekela tonight, as the trumpeter, singer and composer dedicates a show at the Sellersville Theater to his recently departed (in December) homeland friend and fellow freedom fighter. But, in truth, Masekela's welcome return (just a year after a triumphant night at the Zellerbach) also should be a personal celebration. Come Friday, this hale and hearty, still amazingly prolific Afro-jazz superstar turns 75, "with no intentions of slowing down," he recently shared, with a laugh.
May 10, 2013 |
YOU'D expect a movie about a song that has become the Hebrew "Hokey Pokey" to be playful. And "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" is that, in spades. That wedding, party and bar mitzvah staple, a song that the whole world knows and virtually no one knows anything about, is a ready punch-line, a musical eye-roller for some and a no-brainer for any band or singer that works the wedding circuit - Jewish or gentile. But Roberta Grossman's cute documentary gives weight to the tune, tracing its lineage to a town - Sadagora, in the Ukraine - and the 19th century.
December 9, 2012
1. d. Spike Jones & His City Slickers. 2. i. Mabel Scott. 3. c. Stan Freeberg. 4. h. Gayla Peevey. 5. j. Yogi Yorgesson (Harry Stewart). 6. g. Orioles. 7. f. Amos Milburn. 8. b. Harry Belafonte. 9. e. Eartha Kitt. 10. a. Eddy Arnold.
January 1, 2012
My Song A Memoir By Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson Alfred A. Knopf. 469 pp. $30.50 Reviewed by Kevin L. Carter Harry Belafonte, the singer, actor, activist, veteran, sex symbol, cancer survivor, great-grandfather, and confidant and supporter to many of the most significant civil rights figures in our history, has always had a lot to say about a lot of things....
October 30, 2011
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Authors Free Library of Philadelphia. Central Library (Montgomery Auditorium), 1901 Vine St; 215-567-4341; www.freelibrary.org . Colson Whitehead will introduce the film "Night of the Living Dead" then discuss his new book, "Zone One," after the film. Film at 6 p.m.; discussion at 7:30 Mon. Joan Didion, "Blue Nights. " $7-$15. 7:30 p.m. Thu. Harry Belafonte, "My Song: A Memoir.
October 17, 2011
Wild about Harry THE GREAT Paul Robeson once advised a young Harry Belafonte, "Get them to sing your song and they will want to know who you are. " Belafonte's fascinating life is featured on tonight's "Sing Your Song" (10 p.m., HBO), a documentary that coincides with this month's release of Belafonte's memoir My Song. Baseball's history Scholar Neil Lanctot speaks on "The Rise and Fall of Negro League Baseball, 1920-1960" at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in Bristol. Lanctot has written extensively on the times when baseball was a segregated sport.
October 14, 2011
IN THEORY, AMERICANS like diversity. We try to see the world through Captain Noah multicolored glasses. But when we actually get down to practicing what's preached, the fallacy of social pluralism emerges in all its sordid hypocrisy. Take Sarah Palin. (And don't say "Please!") For all their admirable rhetoric about the value of being an independent woman with strongly held convictions, the professional feminists were appalled at the rise of this pro-life, pro-gun female pit bull. Ever since she roared onto the scene in 2008, Palin has been ridiculed and vilified for many things, not the least of which are her decidedly anti-liberal-establishment positions on "women's issues" like abortion (and abortion and abortion)
October 11, 2011 |
WE'VE GOT YOUR classics, we've got your comebacks - Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, Rachael Yamagata and more - in this week's new releases pile. KING OF CALYPSO: Can you name the first guy to sell a million copies of a long-playing album? Here's a hint. He was also the unofficial godfather of world music. A movie star. And a most impassioned, articulate champion of the civil rights movement. If you named Harry Belafonte, you'd be right. If you didn't, here's three ways to catch up. Just out is "Sing Your Song: The Music" (RCA Legacy, A-)
August 16, 2010 |
Vance E. Wilson was a sax man much in demand by musical groups in the '40s, '50s and '60s looking for a performer with style and verve. He was playing with an 18-piece orchestra in Philadelphia in 1958 when Steve Gibson and the Red Caps came to town in need of a tenor sax. They hired Vance, and he performed with the group for a few years as they became popular, performing at clubs and theaters and making records. Vance Wilson, who toured until he just didn't feel like keeping up with hectic pace of traveling and settled down in Philly to work 40 years as a crane operator for General Electric, died Tuesday.
November 12, 2006 |
Sidney Poitier never met Marian Anderson. Nor did he listen to recordings of the legendary contralto. His taste swung toward swing and jazz, not opera. "But even as a semiliterate youngster of 16 from the islands," Poitier says, in the Bahamian lilt that is his unique music, "I had a sense of the person she was. The kind of person who had a cultural gift and social responsibility. " The same can be said of Poitier, 79, a living national treasure whose triumphs as an actor, mentor and memoirist inspired three generations.