Donovan, Prince Michael of Kent, and Harry Belafonte!

by Chris Murray on May 28, 2019
Jamaican vocalist Paul Murray with Donovan at Zak Starkey’s recording studio in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Paul sang on “Day O (Banana Boat Song)”. Photo by Chris Murray.

During Donovan’s recording sessions in Jamaica while making his tribute album to Harry Belafonte, Jump in the Line, Prince Michael of Kent stopped by Zak Starkey’s studio in Ocho Rios. It was a great pleasure to have Prince Michael visit with his friend, Caroline St. George. The Prince happens to be a great fan of Harry Belafonte and ended up playing maracas on the title track “Jump in the Line”!

Donovan meeting Prince Michael after being introduced by Chris Murray. Photo by Carlotta Hester.
Prince Michael on maracas! Photo by Carlotta Hester.
Prince Michael listening to a playback in the control room with co-producer Wayne Jobson behind him. Photo by Carlotta Hester.
Donovan’s wife and muse Linda enjoying lunch with Caroline St. George. Photo by Carlotta Hester.

Harry Belafonte sent Donovan a note after having the first listen to the new album and thanked Donovan for the tribute. He wrote to Donovan that “by your presence, the future is in good hands”, referring to Belafonte’s own legacy.

Back-up singers with Donovan after recording “Day O (Banana Boat Song)”. Photo by Chris Murray.

Here is the video for “Jump in the Line”.

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