Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
|"Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"|
|Single by Paul Simon featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo|
|from the album Graceland|
|Format||Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM|
|Genre||Folk, World, & Country|
|Length||5:34 (album version), 5:25 (single version)|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
|Writer(s)||Paul Simon & Joseph Shabalala|
|Paul Simon featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo singles chronology|
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes is a 1986 single by Paul Simon from his global smash album Graceland. It made #77 on the UK Singles Chart. Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing in Zulu on this track. Their refrain roughly translates to: "It's not usual but in our days we see those things happen. They are women, they can take care of themselves." The song was not originally intended to be on the album but when the release date was pushed back, the song was recorded before an appearance on Saturday Night Live. The performance from that show is considered by some to be one of the most memorable musical performances in SNL's history.
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes was written when Paul Simon went to South Africa. While he was there, he gathered various music from locals, and risked imprisonment due to the apartheid. Upon returning to New York, Simon finished the album with the artists he brought back from South Africa, and performed live on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 1986.