S06E16 – From Graceland To Gazankulu

Everyone knows Paul Simon’s Graceland album, but not many know another album was made by an American artist shortly afterwards using the same winning formula of blending American songwriting with South African music – collaborating with local South African artists in the studio and in the composition of new music. That artist was Harry Belafonte and the album was ‘Paradise In Gazankulu’. In today’s show we feature some of the artists who worked with Belafonte and his songwriter, Jake Holmes, to produce this gem of an album.

We feature:

  • Alistair Coakley (with Hotline)
  • The Soul Brothers
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Vusi Khumalo
  • West Nkosi
  • Marks Mankwane and Makgona TsohleBand
  • Hilton Rosenthal and Bobby Summerfield (with Savuka)
  • Morris Goldberg
  • Brenda Fassie

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