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Musician Asked To Perform At Inauguration Acknowledges To Do So Within One Condition

Certainly not a lot of famous people like United States President-elect Trump, so he’s been coming with a hard time reserving actions when it comes to his inauguration.

However, there is a lot of great musicians that will perfrom on Trump inauguration.

From WesternJournalism:

In the awake of numerous stars rejecting to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s commencement, one British performer will do so– on just one condition.

In feedback to the Donald Trump transition team asking her to carry out, Rebecca Ferguson said she will perform at the commencement only if she can perform “a song that was banished in the U.S for being too controversial.”

Ferguson exposed in a Twitter notification which track she demanded she perform.

“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.”

Strange Fruit was actually a poem composed by Abel Meerpol in 1937 in response to an image he spotted of a lynching.

The sufferers in the image, Thomas Shipp and Abraham Smith, were refused a trial concerning abuse and murder due to the fact that a crowd overwhelmed their protectors and lynched all of them in Marion County, Indiana on Aug. 7, 1930.

Frightened, the Jewish New Yorker and socialist composed the poem under the assumed name “Lewis Allen” in 1937.

In the verse, lynching is not pointed out directly, but Meerpol makes strong insinuations to it in passages such as “Southern trees” possessing “blood on their leaves.”

The poem was completely transformed into a track and was performed by blues performer Billie Holliday in 1939. Meerpol found out her perform and was actually transfixed.

“She gave a startling, most dramatic and effective interpretation of the song which could jolt the audience out of its complacency anywhere,” Meerpol was quoted as saying in the book With Billie: A New Look at the Unforgettable Lady Day. “This was exactly what I wanted the song to do and why I wrote it. Billie Holiday’s styling fulfilled the bitterness and the shocking quality I had hoped the song would have.”

The tune was Holliday’s greatest seller. It was prohibited for numerous yrs by Southern radio facilities.

Holliday’s depiction of the track triumphed a Grammy in 1978. It has since been actually performed by Annie Lennox and Sting.

In 1999, Time pointed out it as Best Song of the Century. In 2002, the Library of Congress selected Strange Fruit as deserving to be included to the National Recording Registry.

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  1. Janice Brown

    January 4, 2017 at 3:04 am

    No. That is not the proper occasion

  2. gus allen

    January 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

    keep it stirred up forever

  3. Deb

    January 4, 2017 at 3:15 am

    I don’t think it’s at all appropriate for this venue! I know it and actually HAVE a tape of Billy’s track. It’s haunting and critical and all the honors it received are deserved. But what place would it have at the inauguration.

  4. Judyanne

    January 4, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Let her sing it. It could not possibly be as bad as rap songs about hoes, bitches and murder.

  5. Virginia Peaden

    January 4, 2017 at 3:58 am

    SING 4 ALL AMERICANS, DO NOT PICK A SINGLE GROUP . ALL OF AMERICA NEEDS TO BE UNITED.

  6. Pat

    January 4, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Tell her”Thanks but no thanks.This character ,whoever she is wants only one thing .She wants to make a statement. Not the place and we don’t need her or any more contraversary. No idiots looking for their five minutes of fame. I want to enjoy the night.

  7. Janet

    January 4, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Want those Obamas out of the Whitehouse! Over paid babysitting grandma and all! I want our America BACK AGAIN!Get rid of the big lavishly spending our hard earned tax money!

  8. Marion

    January 4, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I’m so sick of Hollywood here what !l have to say we the people watch your movie we listen to your songs we vote d for President elect Trump so time to stop pull yourself together give this men a chance to make America great again Becuse if you don’t then people are going to simply quit listening to your music and quit watching your TV shows Just like most of us watch fox Becouse there far your not going to have any fans /fans -$ just though

  9. Nelsen

    January 4, 2017 at 4:27 am

    it may be a good song, she may interpret is well and have a good voice. However, I do NOT think it is appropriate for this venue – would be a depressing thought for a happy occasion. Why would we want that at this celebration??? What is HER agenda – certainly it is NOT respecting the POTUS but making a name for herself only. I hope she does NOT get invited or accepted under those demands. WHY didn’t she offer it for one of Obama’s ceremonies???

  10. Linda

    January 4, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Tell her to stay home. We don’t need anyone there that makes stipulations. All of the haters will be sorry they didn’t stand behind President-elect Trump.

  11. Dee

    January 4, 2017 at 7:59 am

    It’s sickening how so many Americans fail to support President Elect Trump! We’ve supported him before he decided to run for POTUS. Americans need to grow up and stop being so dramatic. My family and I knew Trump was our man before he ran. People need to get over his rough edges and ignore his wealth! The man is a non stop warrior. He was raised by wealthy parents who expected education and a tough work ethic. People envy the wealthy not realizing it’s not as easy as they think. This man is working his butt off for us and his country! Remember, he doesn’t need the money. He loves his country and wants us to live better lives! Please give the man a chance! Don’t listen to foolish people who make up stories! We are all in this together. God bless you and America!

  12. EUGENE Ormond

    January 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Tell her to take a hike. That is nothing but blackmail

  13. Barb phipps

    January 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I say ,’not at this time or event’, as there will be enough controversy existing that day. Later? Of Course!
    I do NOTbelieve in the extreme Liberal banning of more than necessary! Ridiculous!

  14. Nina Teneva

    January 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I know she.She is famous enough. If You want I to help with something,for example to write something suggested from You on my timeline,please tell my mr Trump.I only want to help,but if You want this.I don’t promise success,but we can try.Regards!tps://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=356974748003730&substory_index=0&id=100010736228461nt

  15. Barb Taylor

    January 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I heard this song for the first time this year when my 8th grader played it for me. He had heard it when his music teacher played it in class. I felt it was very disturbing and not something that I would really care to hear again. I hope President elect Trump listens to it before he agrees to it be played. If it is played then I will just not watch that part of his inauguration. I am a big supporter of Mr. Trump and wish him the best of luck in making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  16. Rebecca melton

    January 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I hope Trump won’t allow that song. This is not a time to bring up subjects to divide our country further on race. It’s a time for coming together to install the leader not only the US but the world is watching. Respect the office.

  17. A. Perreault

    January 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    She only wants to shift attention to herself at the Inauguration. Nope! Nobody wants her there., too many other singers who would give anything to perform and sing without conditions.

  18. Sandra Camp

    January 5, 2017 at 2:21 am

    NO; sounds like blackmail to me…….

  19. Vicky Crane

    January 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    That would be a downer. We need uplifting You don’t need her please tell her No It will put a wrong spirit in everything

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