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This entry is part of an online exhibit entitled: "Hava Nagila: From Idelsohn to Belafonte & Beyond," prepared by Eva Heinstein with help from the JMRC staff. To view the exhibit in its entirety click on the link above.
The first recording of Belafonte’s Hava Nagila was released on the album ‘An Evening with Harry Belafonte’ in 1957. Approximately two years later on April 19, 1959, Belafonte performed Hava Nagila during a benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall. The concert was recorded live and subsequently released on record in October of the same year. Belafonte’s Hava Nageela was included in the album ‘Belafonte at Carnegie Hall,’ and appears as track number eleven: 1. Introduction/Darlin' Cora 2. Sylvie 3. Cotton Fields 4. John Henry 5. The Marching Saints 6. Day O 7. Jamaica Farewell 8. Mama Look A Boo Boo 9. Come Back Liza 10. Man Smart (Woman Smarter) 11. Hava Nageela 12. Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma 13. Shenandoah 14. Matilda