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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Strange Fruit performed by Dale Fleming with Ken Anderson

This weekend Bodhi Tree Concerts is presenting "The Long Dark Shadow: A Musical Consideration of Injustice in America." One of the featured songs is "Strange Fruit." KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando invited soloist Dale Fleming and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir director Ken Anderson to come into the KPBS studio to record the song. Thanks to Kurt Kohnen and Mike Damron for the technical assistance in capturing the performance.

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