“I think that “Strange Fruit” is perhaps the most influential and most profound example, and a continuing site, of the intersection of music and radical social consciousness.” — Angela Davis
One of the most memorable moments from our June 5 Fridays at Five streaming concert led by SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby was singer Kim Nalley and pianist Tammy Hall’s stunning duo performance of Abel Meeropol’s classic 1937 composition “Strange Fruit” — a lament on the rampant lynching of African-Americans in the South that was popularized by and largely associated with Billie Holiday. This performance, filmed in May 2019, includes a fascinating introduction by legendary author and activist Angela Davis that examines the origin of the song and Holiday’s relationship to it, taken in part from Davis’ 1998 book Blues Legacies and Black Feminism.
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