February 12, 2020

I’D MISSED THIS NEWS: The Lion Sleeps Tonight. “Bummed to hear of the passing of the founder of Ladysmith Black Mombazo. Here’s them teaming up with an all-girl acapella group for a great version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

Like most Americans, I’d never heard (or heard of) Ladysmith Black Mombazo until Paul Simon brought them to fame here on Graceland. But I did get to see them live (at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, IIRC) and on video as part of Simon’s excellent “Graceland: The African Concert.” They always put on a great show, and Joseph Shabalala will be missed.

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