Paul Simon concert sponsored by Library of Congress





Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, and Mr. Simon’s South African collaborators, the Zulu choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, brought back the past in two rare reunions in a concert sponsored by the Library of Congress at the ornate Warner Theater in Washington on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Celebrating Mr. Simon’s selection as the recipient of the library’s first Gershwin Award in recognition of excellence exemplifying the Gershwins, the concert was punctuated by high-fives and hugs. Mr. Simon joined Ladysmith Black Mambazo for the first time since 1999 in a performance of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” from the 1986 Grammy Award-winning “Graceland” album and said, “I haven’t performed with them for a few years, but they’re my brothers from South Africa.” And before launching into “Cecilia” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from the 1970 studio album of the same title, he spoke of “My dear friend and partner in arguments, Art Garfunkel,” whom he also embraced.


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