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Paul Robeson. Recital

1952 (Audio - Recital)

  • Paul Robeson

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    Aporte del Blog Classic and Swing

    01 - Ol' Man River
    02 - My Old Kentucky
    03 - Lazy Bones
    04 - My Lindy Lu
    05 - Poor Old Joe
    06 - Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)
    07 - Just Keepin' On
    08 - Little Pal
    09 - Water Boy
    10 - Shenandoah
    11 - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
    12 - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
    13 - Wagon Wheels
    14 - Got The South In My Soul
    15 - St Louis Blues
    16 - Rockin' Chair
    17 - River Stay 'Way From My Door
    18 - Canoe Song
    19 - Congo Lullaby
    20 - Love Song

    Paul Leroy Robeson (1898 – 1976) was an American singer and actor who was a political activist for the Civil Rights Movement. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and criticism of the US brought retribution from the government and public condemnation. He was blacklisted, and to his financial and social detriment, he refused to rescind his stand on his beliefs and remained opposed to the direction of US policies.

    Robeson's renditions of spirituals, broadcast in, and imported to, Great Britain, proved to be popular music in Great Britain in the 20th century. His portrayal of Shakespeare's Othello was the first occurrence of someone of African descent to take the role in Great Britain, in an otherwise all-white cast, since Ira Aldridge's 19th century portrayal.

    His father's background as a former slave, and his personal awareness of social injustices to himself, and others, transformed Robeson into a political activist. He became a supporter of the Republican forces of the Spanish Civil War and then became active in the Council on African Affairs (CAA). During World War II, he played Othello in America while supporting the country's war effort. After the war ended, the CAA was placed on the Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations (AGLOSO) and he was scrutinized during the age of McCarthyism.