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Simon rounds off Hard Rock Calling

Paul Simon has been reunited with the original musicians from his Graceland album on stage in London's Hyde Park.

The 70-year-old singer and songwriter was joined by trumpet player Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African male choir who appeared on the original album recording, 25 years after the original Graceland tour first came to the UK.

Simon took to the stage to headline the final night of Hard Rock Calling 2012, starting his set under blue skies with a rendition of The Harder They Come with Jimmy Cliff.

Simon recorded Graceland in South Africa in 1985 after being inspired by South African township music. In doing so, he was accused of breaching the cultural boycott against the ruling regime.

But the album went on to sell 14 million copies worldwide and is often credited as Simon's finest album with hits such as You Can Call Me Al and Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.

For an encore he played the SimonAnd Garfunkel hits The Sound Of Silence and The Boxer before finishing with another of his solo hits, Still Crazy After All These Years.

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