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.
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.
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.