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Artist:
Herschel Levit, 1912 - 1986  Search this
Sitter:
Harry Belafonte, 1 Mar 1927 - 25 Apr 2023  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 27.9 x 42.1 cm (11 x 16 9/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1960
Exhibition Label:
Born New York City
Harry Belafonte created a sensation in the 1950s, when he introduced Americans to the lilting Caribbean rhythms of calypso with his renditions of such songs as “Day-O (Banana Boat Song).” Belafonte achieved his first success in 1949 as a pop music singer but soon shifted his focus to the American folk songs and traditional West Indian melodies that showcased his talent as a balladeer and reflected his strong social conscience. In 1956, his release of Calypso—the first solo album to sell more than one million copies—launched the craze for this musical genre and established Belafonte as its most popular interpreter. He also appeared in several films, including Carmen Jones (1954) with Dorothy Dandridge.
Believing that his music could help bring people together to work for the common good, Belafonte embraced the dual roles of civil rights activist and humanitarian early in his career and continued to advocate for those in need for the rest of his life.
Nacido en la Ciudad de Nueva York
Harry Belafonte hizo sensación en la década de 1950 cuando dio conocer a los estadounidenses los ritmos caribeños del calipso con canciones como “Day-O (Banana Boat Song)”. Belafonte tuvo su primer éxito en 1949 como cantante pop, pero pronto se dedicó a las canciones folk estadounidenses y las melodías tradicionales de las Antillas, que resaltarían su talento como baladista y reflejarían su fuerte conciencia social. En 1956, su grabación de Calypso –primer álbum de un solista que vendió más de un millón de copias–desató la fiebre de este género musical y estableció a Belafonte como su intérprete más popular. También apareció en películas tales como Carmen Jones (1954) con Dorothy Dandridge.
Convencido de que su música podía unir a la gente en pro del bien común, Belafonte se dedicó desde temprano en su carrera al doble papel de humanitario y activista por los derechos civiles, y continuó abogando por los necesitados el resto de su vida.
Topic:
Harry Belafonte: Male  Search this
Harry Belafonte: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Stage actor  Search this
Harry Belafonte: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie actor  Search this
Harry Belafonte: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular singer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.98.86
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Herschel Levit
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c4a8c6c1-f85e-45e3-bee4-dd60154698e5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.98.86