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Monday, January 2, 2017 3:42pm ET by  

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Rebecca Ferguson's reply to invite from Trump to perform at inauguration

Rebecca Ferguson has revealed that she's been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony.

The soulstress tweeted this afternoon:  

"If you allow me to sing 'Strange Fruit,a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and downtrodden black people in the United States.

"A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X"

'Strange Fruit' was originally recorded by the legendary Blues singer-songwriter Billie Holiday in 1939, but was written as a poem by Abel Meeropol. The song was later covered by Nina Simone during the Civil Rights movement in 1965.

The powerful lyrics address the lynching of African Americans in the early 20th century and is one of the first great controversial protest songs in US history.

"Southern trees bear strange fruit/ Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/ Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze/ Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees."

Listen to 'Strange Fruit' and Rebecca Ferguson in action below:

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