by Joseph Brannigan Lynch in Amplifier
It looks like Harry Belafonte wasn’t quite ready for his Day-O to begin when a California news team tried to interview him on live television Friday morning.
When the Bakersfield morning team cut to the Belafonte’s live satellite feed from New York, the 84-year-old Calypso singer and actor was fast asleep–his arms were folded, his eyes closed and he was not ready to be woken up.
“Good morning Harry… Harry, wake up… This is your wake-up call, Harry,” encouraged KBAK anchor Leyla Santiago before cracking up and trying to explain away Belafonte’s mid-morning snooze.
“I’ll tell you what,” she said, “He’s meditating.” “Daylight hasn’t come yet,” another anchor quipped.
The anchors opined that the sound was probably out on Belafonte’s end. As he was in a remote studio on the opposite coast they never did get a chance to talk with the “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” singer about his new memoir, “My Song.”
The KBAK crew assured viewers, “He is okay,” so we can all rest easy–just like Belafonte clearly does.
UPDATE: Although the anchor had mentioned it as a joke, Belafonte’s rep says Harry was, in fact, meditating, issuing a statement to TMZ. “His earpiece wasn’t working, so he decided to take the time to meditate before the rest of his Day-O.” (Yes, his rep’s statement included that pun).
“Mr. Belafonte is 84 years young, but sharper and more awake than most who have been interviewing him,” Ken Sunshine, the fittingly named rep, added. “Maybe the world would be a better place if more people took a moment to meditate.”