Harry Belafonte, Transatlantic Sessions, and Cinco de Mayo

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Wed, 05/03/2023 - 5:30am to 7:00am
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Harry Belafonte, Transatlantic Sessions, and Cinco de Mayo

We lost a great figure in American music, culture, and politics when Harry Belafonte died April 25 at age 96. He was a supporter of the Civil rights movement in the 1960s who helped organize and fund the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. He had Martin and Bobby Kennedy as guest when he was guest host for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show in 1968. He was a pioneering black figure in popular music in the 1950s and fought for justice his entire life. The show begins with a musical tribute to Harry Belafonte that includes Bob Dylan’s first recorded work.

Next up are 3 sets of songs from the Transatlantic Sessions,  gatherings of Celtic and American folk country bluegrass and roots musicians and singers recorded in manors throughout  Scotland from 1995 to 2013. The music is amazing!

The show closes with some music to get you in the mood for Cinco de Mayo.

Featured artists include Harry Belafonte, Iris Dement, Karan Casey & James Taylor, Kathy Mattea & Dougie MacLean, Sarah Jorosz & Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Aoife O’Donovan, Mary Black & Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Kerri Powers, Guy Clark, Ry Cooder, and Floc Jimenez.

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  • Time
    5:31
    Artist
    Harry Belafonte
    Song
    Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
    Album
    The Essential Harry Belafonte
    Label
    RCA/Legacy
  • Time
    5:32
    Artist
    Harry Belafonte
    Song
    Day O - Live
    Album
    Belafonte: At Carnegie Hall
    Label
    SME - RCA/Legacy
  • Time
    5:35
    Artist
    Harry Belafonte
    Song
    Midnight Special
    Album
    Greatest Hits
    Label
    RCA/Legacy
  • Time
    5:43
    Artist
    Harry Belafonte
    Song
    Abraham, Martin & John - Live
    Album
    Harry Belafonte...Live!
    Label
    SME - RCA/Legacy
  • Time
    5:51
    Artist
    Iris DeMent
    Song
    Workin' On A World
    Album
    Workin' On A World / Goin' Down To Sing In Texas
    Label
    MERLIN - FlariElla Records
  • Time
    6:07
    Artist
    Sarah Jarosz
    Song
    Run Away
    Album
    Transatlantic Sessions - Series 5: Volume Two
    Label
    Whirlie Records
  • Time
    6:10
    Artist
    Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Song
    Transcendental Reunion
    Album
    Transatlantic Sessions - Series 6, Vol. Two
    Label
    Whirlie Records
  • Time
    6:27
    Artist
    Nancy Griffith
    Song
    Who Knows Where the Time Goes
    Album
    Transatlantic Sessions - Series 2, Vol. Three
    Label
    Whirlie Records
  • Time
    6:36
    Artist
    Kerri Powers
    Song
    Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
    Album
    Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
    Label
    Must Have Music
  • Time
    6:41
    Artist
    Kerri Powers
    Song
    Mercedes Benz
    Album
    Mercedes Benz
    Label
    Must Have Music
  • Time
    6:43
    Artist
    Guy Clark
    Song
    Cinco de Mayo In Memphis
    Album
    Workbench Songs
    Label
    Dualtone
  • Time
    6:50
    Artist
    Ry Cooder
    Song
    Viva Sequin / Do Re Mi [Live]
    Album
    Show Time
    Label
    WMG - Rhino/Warner Records
  • Time
    6:56
    Artist
    Chuck Miller
    Song
    Cinco de Mayo
    Album
    For Texas
    Label
    Chuck Miller

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