Singer Andra Day performs amazing version of anti-lynching song ‘Strange Fruit’ at Global Citizen Fest
Singer Andra Day performed a thorny, impassioned version of the anti-lynching ballad “Strange Fruit” — originally made famous by chanteuse and jazz trailblazer Billie Holiday — at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Saturday.
Wearing a blood red gown and broken handcuffs as bracelets, Day breathed new life into the song’s angular melody, which wraps itself around a vivid description of “Black bodies swinging/In the southern breeze/Strange fruit hanging/From the poplar trees.”
After the song ended, an emotional Day said, “So that was a song that was written over 80 years ago — and unfortunately, the message in the song is still just as relevant today as it was then.”
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