ANDRA DAY BRINGS PASSIONATE TRUTH TO ‘STRANGE FRUIT’

Look at her facial expressions, the way her mouth registers every contorted life script and scarred body marked by racism. In this rendition of STRANGE FRUIT, a song based on a seminal poem detailing lynching in the American south, delivered by the inimitable Billie Holiday, Oscar nominee Andra Day embodies the great and provocative singer’s unique tonal quality. The melancholy of her words hence come to define her own identity as an African American occupying a divisive social rostrum.

https://youtu.be/Epm0v1px2oM

As someone who has always taken STRANGE FRUIT to be a true blue benchmark in the liberation of musical sensibilities,  I believe Ms. Andra gives it not only a vocal heft in the vein of Holiday without imitating her but also the communication through eyes and face that elevate her performance altogether. It’s a miracle to have in 2021.

*****

2 thoughts on “ANDRA DAY BRINGS PASSIONATE TRUTH TO ‘STRANGE FRUIT’

  1. I am SO happy I have HULU, PJ! On my list to watch after NOMADLAND (or before) 🤔

    Love and blessings,
    Timothy (Mr. T)

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