Joe writes: My friend Jamie Catto got to know Harry Belafonte recently which caused me to listen to him properly for the first time. I may be stating the obvious here but he is great. In particular I have been listening to the Calypso album which includes Banana Boat Song and Jamaica Farewell (AKA Kingston Town). The voice and the melodies are obviously both amazing, and the sparse arrangements sound eerily modern at times.
His life outside music has been inspiring too.
Jason Derulo uses a line from Banana Boat Song in his horrible new single but don't let that put you off.
Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
Harry Belafonte - Matilda