midweek music: “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”

One of the best things about the Graceland album is that it introduced the world to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African a cappella band that was already hugely popular at home, and became popular everywhere. The group is still together, though founder Josepha Shabalala died earlier this year.

Ladysmith was featured prominently on two songs, “Homeless” and “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,” and here’s a performance of the latter from 2007 when Simon was awarded the first-ever Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which not only shows off Ladysmith’s vocal talent, but also their superlative dancing.

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