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In 1985, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa in the hope of collaborating with African musicians for his Graceland album. Simon contacted Joseph Shabalala, the lead singer of South-African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Simon and Shabalala conversed in person - after much discussion and excitement, the group traveled to London to record with Simon.

The first recording was "Homeless" - the music and chorus were composed by Simon, with Shabalala composing the Zulu introduction and main (non-English) body of the song… read more

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  • Avatar for Buttsnake
    incredible track
  • Avatar for Dylanisgod2
    such an eloquent and beautifully composed song.
  • Avatar for markdeacon2
    How does this only have c. 250k plays?! Tragic!
  • Avatar for Knifymoloko
    Pure.
  • Avatar for Nibbs996
    beautiful and important - intoxicating
  • Avatar for poisonofthemind
    Wow, gives me goosebumps.. What amazing sounds the human voice can produce.. (and I'm a singer! lol) This is so relaxing..
  • Avatar for oldandbold
    I feel like I'm watching the Muppet Show, but I love this song.
  • Avatar for sourgrrrl
    Sad song but sung beautifully. Love the gentle soul.
  • Avatar for scarletfaery
    Very cool
  • Avatar for GrizzlyMike
    Great Backing vocals to a weak Paul Simon.

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