SA star to tour with Paul Simon on his forthcoming Graceland 25th anniversary tour.
Thandiswa Mazwai has added to her list of outstanding achievements by joining Paul Simon during his 25th Graceland anniversary album tour. Mazwai will perform the duet Under African Skies with Simon. Currently in the USA, Mazwai jetted off to New York for a performance on Youth Day to headline the Pan Jazz 2012 festival at Lincoln Centre.
The Graceland tour will kick off in Dublin, Ireland, on 12 July, and ends in Bergen, Norway, on 26 July. One of the highlights will be a show at London’s Hyde Park on 15 July in front of at least 50 000 fans. Other South African artists participating in this project are, among others, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ray Phiri, Barney Rachabane and Cape Town-born multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras.
The annual Pan Jazz event blends jazz with African and Caribbean musical influences, including steel pans, under the direction of Darryl Ramsey and boasts an all-star band with, among others, Bakhithi Khumalo on bass guitar.
According to Mazwai’s record company, Gallo, she intends to touch base with musicians in the States in anticipation of recording her new album. Mazwai has also featured in the May/June issue of L’uomo Vogue. Mazwai appears in African traditional attire with her signature short, Mohawk cropped hairstyle.
According to USA Today, Simon’s Graceland generated three hit singles, a five-year tour, Grammy Awards for best album and best record, and sales of 14 million copies.
Commenting on his chart-topping album, Simon said: "The statement I'm making is, of course whites and blacks are absolutely equal. There's no justification for apartheid. Here's the proof of it. Listen to how gifted this culture is, and look how we get along."