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  •  and Miriam Makeba (9+ / 0-)

    Almost at the same time.

    The way to win is not to move to the right wing; the way to win is to move to the right policy. -- Nameless Soldier

    by N in Seattle on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 04:18:30 PM PST

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    •  One of My First Concerts Was... (9+ / 0-)

      ...Paul Simon on the Graceland tour.  It was at an outdoor venue near Detroit, and the lineup was great.  Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Hugh Masakela, and Miriam Mekaba.  When she came out, she was in a wheelchair with a leg in traction.  She explained that that afternoon, at the sound check, she had fallen and broken her leg.  The doctors wanted her to stay in bed with her leg elevated, but she explained to the crowd that it was her first visit to Detroit since shortly after she had been exiled by the apartheid government in the late 60's.  She said the people she met in Detroit had been so warm and welcoming that it helped her get through the shock and sadness and dislocation of being exiled from your home.  Despite breaking her leg, she said there was no way she was not going on that stage so she could show her appreciation for the warmth the Detroiters shared with her so many years before.  

      It was one of the best performances I've ever seen, and over a concert-going life that's probably included over 500 shows, her performance of Soweto Blues ranks in the handful of most emotional and spine-tingling.  

      "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

      by Dana Houle on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 04:53:37 PM PST

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      •  never saw MM, but I did get to see Odetta (4+ / 0-)

        It was, shall we say, a rather unusual gig.

        Weir/Elliott

        Her set, like everyone's other than Weir and Wasserman, was really short.  And I think she had a cold.

        The way to win is not to move to the right wing; the way to win is to move to the right policy. -- Nameless Soldier

        by N in Seattle on Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 05:13:22 PM PST

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