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Posted By: Jeri
11-Apr-11 - 08:58 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Subject: RE: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
I don't know anything about it, and all the videos of the song by Belafonte are blocked here. I did find a version on YouTube here. I can't see what the singer's name is.

There is some discussion there, though.
"This song was written by Trinidadian calypso singer, King Radio in 1946, and is a comment on the tendency of American servicemen in Trinidad during World War II to father babies and then abandon the children and their mothers when they returned to the United States.

It was popularised by Caribbean-American singer Harry Belafonte in his album, "Calypso" (1956). Jazz versions have been recorded by Sonny Rollins and Roy Haynes."