Rebecca Ferguson Will Perform At Donald Trump’s Inauguration On One Condition
In a post on Twitter, British singer Rebecca Ferguson said that she was asked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, but will only do it if she can sing the 1937 protest song “Strange Fruit.”
She said: “If you allow me to sing ‘strange fruit’ a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world. Then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington.”
The song was performed by Billie Holiday but written in 1937 by Abel Meeropol, a New York City teacher, to protest racism in the US. It mentions the lynching of African Americans. Artists such as Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller and Nina Simone have also recorded versions of it over the years.