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    Harry BELAFONTE - Jamaica farewell

    "Jamaica Farewell" is a Jamaican-style folk song about the beauties of the West Indian Islands. The song first appeared on Harry Belafonte's phenomenally successful album Calypso. It reached number fourteen on the Billboard Pop chart.

    The lyrics for the song were written by Lord Burgess (Irving Burgie), an American-born, half-Barbadan songwriter.

    Though many, including Belafonte himself, have said that the song was popular in the West Indies since long before Burgess, it is believed that Burgess compiled and modified the song from many folk pieces to make a new song. Burgess acknowledged his use of the tune of another mento, "Iron Bar".[1]

    The Kingston Trio, who led the folk revival of the late 1950s, took their name from the mention of Kingston, Jamaica in the song, though they only recorded it many years later, in 2006.

    The line "ackee, rice, saltfish is nice" refers to the Jamaican national dish "ackee and saltfish".

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