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Joseph Shabalala, RIP
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:23:32 PM »
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a band I probably wouldn't have gone to great lengths to see, but through a lucky coincidence, I recently was given front row tickets to see them here at the Paramount.......and I'm really glad I got to go.  Like most Americans, I first heard of them when Paul Simon showcased them on his great album Graceland, which became part of the soundtrack to our lives when our kids were little.....we had it on a great cassette mix tape that was literally worn out over many years.

There are only nine people in the band, now well into the second generation. I think at least two of them performing now are Joseph Shabalala's sons....and some of the others are kids of original members.

Simon's music was permanently changed by his 80's collaboration, and he still had Africans playing in his large road band when I saw him on his farewell tour last year.

This song, written by Paul Simon and Joseph Shabalala, is a favorite of mine.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-I_T3XvzPaM&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/-I_T3XvzPaM&fs=1</a>

Music is a language that knows no borders...it connects people of all ages and all cultures and all colors...and it lives on after we're all worm food..

Thank you Joseph.

« Last Edit: February 12, 2020, 10:25:06 PM by Eddie »
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