S02E26 – We’re not going to Graceland


No, we’re not going to Graceland… in this episode we’re staying home and spinning discs by some of the South African stars who contributed to Paul Simon’s iconic ‘Graceland’ album. Many people don’t realize that many of the artists on the album didn’t only contribute their performances, some contributed to the writing and many more were bona fide superstars in their own country before they met Paul Simon.

Graceland is indeed a gigantic and brilliant album and a tribute to Paul Simon’s genius, but he had a lot of help. Undoubtedly his name and the success of the project exposed the world to South African music and boosted the careers of the contributors, so let’s spend 90 minutes together – YES, it’s an extended show! – enjoying the music of:

  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Barney Rachabane
  • The Boyoyo Boys
  • General MD Shirinda
  • Isaac Mtshali & Bayete
  • Jonhson Mkhalali
  • Kintone (featuring Tony Cedras)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Mike Makhalemele
  • Morris Goldberg
  • Ray Phiri & Stimela
  • Vusi Khumalo

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