Belafonte tops list of Jamaica’s National Honourees

Harry Belafonte will be honoured for his outstanding contribution in the field of music at Jamaica’s National Honours and Awards ceremony in October.

The philanthropist and inter-national superstar –whose given name is Harold George Bellanfanti Jr,  has been selected as the sole new entrant in the Order of Merit for this year.

Belafonte was born in Harlem, New York, but spent part of his childhood in the parish of St. Ann, and has helped to position Brand Jamaica on the world stage with songs like Jamaica Farewell and the Banana Boat Song (Day-O).

He will be among 130 individuals who will receive national honours and awards at King’s House on National Heroes Day, October 15.