Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Monday music: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"

Graceland by Paul Simon was one of the seminal albums of my college years. Released in the fall of 1986, my first year at Fordham University, it was the subject of the first review I wrote for Fordham's the paper, though it was never printed due to a screwup. But the arts editors thought the review was great, and I had at least one review in every issue of the paper for the rest of that academic year, was made assistant arts editor in March 1987, and was the arts editor during sophomore and junior year, being bumped to executive editor senior year.

But I digress. Graceland was a superb album, Simon mixing in a bunch of rhythms from all across the world, the most compelling being the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Here's a live performance of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" from the Graceland in Concert video, which had Simon playing with Ladysmith (as well as, elsewhere on the DVD, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela).


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