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2012-06-15 16:55
Cape Town – South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai is set to perform with Paul Simon on his Graceland 25th Anniversary Tour in Europe in July.

The performance coincides with the release of the 25th Anniversary Edition of the famous album sees Mazwai performing with Simon on the song Under African Skies.

The 25th Anniversary Tour kicks off in Dublin on 12 July.

According to a statement, the Zabalaza singer will jet off to New York on Friday to headline the Pan Jazz 2012 taking place at the Lincoln Centre in New York on Saturday.

Hot young musicians

Thandiswa will be in the US until mid-July and hopes to use the time overseas to make preparations for the recording of her new album with some of New York's "hot young musicians".

She is also featured in the current issue of Vogue Italy as part of the magazine's "Focus on Africa" feature that includes a photoshoot with Thandiswa in Camps Bay.

One of the highlights of the Graceland 25th Anniversary Tour will be a show in Hyde Park, London, on Sunday 15 July in front of an expected crowd of 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 tour will move from Dublin and London, onto Brussels, Amsterdam, Herning in Denmark, Stockholm, Oslo and then Bergen in Norway throughout July.

Paul Simon's seminal album Graceland was released in August 1986 and was mostly recorded in South Africa, and featured collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on hit songs such as Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, Homeless, Under African Skies and Gumboots.

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