Barbara Hendricks

Cognac Blues Passions | Cognac, France | 2010
Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks © Francoise Digel

“Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root.” In front of the old trees in the outdoor amphitheater in Cognac, France, American opera singer Barbara Hendricks interprets Strange Fruit. The poem, written by Abel Meeropol, became famous when Billie Holiday’s voice and tone gave their full meaning to the lyrics in the thirties. Strange fruits. A reference to the lynchings in the South. Black men hanging in the trees. A dark page in history.


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