Harry Belafonte Joins Stephen Colbert for Duet of 'Jamaica Farewell' (Video)
Continuing promotions for his memoir, Belafonte discussed the meaning behind "Day O" and indulged the "Colbert Report" host with a song.
Fresh off his alleged snooze during a satellite interview with a local news station in Bakersfield, Calif., Harry Belafonte made a lively appearance on The Colbert Report.
The 84-year-old singer sat down with Colbert to promote his new memoir, My Song, and touch on his career as an activist.
Even seemingly silly songs like "Day O," forever immortalized in the Beetlejuice dinner party scene, have a political meaning.
"I must tell you that that song has an awful lot to do with the events of the day," says Belafonte. "It's a work song, a song about people doing grueling work on a plantation."
Then taking advantage of Belanfonte's admission that he still sings "on occasion," Colbert prompted the singer to join him for an abridged rendition of his hit "Jamaica Farewell."
As for his viral catnap, The Huffington Post reports Belafonte wasn't actually asleep. The audio wasn't working, and he was merely closing his eyes while he waited for his cue.
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