Last night David Byrne jumped on stage with Paul Simon at BAM for the Paul Simon: Under African Skies event, where Simon and guests revisit songs from Graceland and The Rhythm Of The Saints. NME has the lowdown on the Byrne/Simon hoedown…
Kaissa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Vusi Mahlasela, Luciana Souza and Cyro Baptista also performed alongside the legendary New Yorker, who sang vocals on just a handful of songs during the show, preferring to remain in the background playing guitar for most of it.
Simon rarely spoke to the audience throughout the event, except to dedicate a song to friend and collaborator Milton Nascimento, who was recently hospitalized and unable to perform.
The event is part of an unprecedented month-long residency at Brooklyn Academy Of Music, which has already seen Simon perform a set entitled ‘Songs From The Capeman,’ based on his musical of the same name.
He will return to BAM on April 23 for another set called ‘American Tunes.’
David Byrne took to the stage for three songs, adopting lead vocals on ‘I Know What I Know’ and ‘You Can Call Me Al’ while Simon himself brought the show to a close with a rousing rendition of ‘Graceland.’
We haven’t found any video yet, but when we do, we’ll post it. Is it strange that Simon’s resting the vocal cords so much in favor of being an axe man strumming chords? Bad joke. Speaking of which: They “forgot” to invite Wyclef and his three-stringed guitar. You can read that any way you want.