The 29-year-old sang and starred in Columbia Picture’s “Calypso Heat Wave,” also in 1957. The film was a take on the calypso style that blossomed in pop music in late 1950s to early 1960s. Angelou is introduced as the cast visits Trinidad, wandering through a city square filled with peddlers and tourists, singing a song she wrote called “All That Happens in the Market Place.”
Though she does not appear until the 60-minute mark, Turner Classic Movies says her presence “with her deep, experienced voice, it is nevertheless the most genuine musical moment in the film.”
Watch some of her early work below.