Rebecca Ferguson says she’s been asked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony.
The singer tweeted she would “graciously accept” the invitation from the American president-elect if she can perform Strange Fruit.
See her tweet below:
“[It’s] a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States,” she posted.
Strange Fruit was originally recorded by Billie Holiday but was written as a poem by Abel Meeropol.
A sample from Nina Simone’s 1965 rendition was used on Kanye West’s Blood on the Leaves.
The words of Strange Fruit describe the lynching of African Americans in the early 20th century: “Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze”.
Rebecca wrote that the song “speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people” in the US and if she can sing it she will “see [Mr Trump] in Washington”.
The 2010 X Factor runner-up released an album covering Billie Holiday songs in 2015, although Strange Fruit does not feature on the track listing.
— Ben (@Bop_Kulture) January 2, 2017
@RebeccaFMusic Don’t do it! All artists need to reject that man to prove a point.
— Sandeep Singh (@s5ingh) January 2, 2017