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Swanee Shuffle

Nina Mae McKinney acc. by
Curtis Mosby's Blue Blowers


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From "Hallelujah"


In this excerpt from the 1929 film "Hallelujah" the first all black motion picture musical, Nina Mae McKinney is featured singing and dancing the "Swanee Shuffle" accompanied by "Curtis Mosby's Blue Blowers".

Known to European audiences as the "Black Garbo" for her astounding beauty, Nina Mae McKinney traveled to Paris in December of 1932 to escape the racism that she was subject to in the American entertainment industry. There she found work as a cabaret performer before going on to London and appearing in a number of films prior to her return to the U.S. in 1938.

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