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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. Escaping the racism that she was subjected to in the American entertainment industry, Nina took advantage of the limitless opportunities presented by her new found freedom. While in Paris she worked as a cabaret performer, before moving on to London where she appeared in a number of films prior to her return to the U.S. in 1938.

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