She must be allowed to sing “Strange Fruit.”
X Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson received an invite from Donald Trump to perform at his inauguration, but there’s a catch.
Trump is having a helluva time locking down star power for his upcoming presidential inauguration ceremony. He did secure the British singer-songwriter, sort of. Ferguson won’t perform unless she can sing the iconic 1939/1954 Billie Holiday hit “Strange Fruit.”
She posted a note on Twitter expressing her reaction:
— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) January 2, 2017
The full message reads:
I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing “strange fruit” a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X
It’s a long shot; the song, written by Abel Metropol as a poem, protests American racism and lynching of African Americans.
Trump’s team has not responded yet, but they’ll need to act fast. So far, a heap of A-listers have turned down offers to perform at the inauguration, including Garth Brooks, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.