Interesting to learn in the year of my birth, Cat Stevens was listening to and being influenced by this song Shoshaloza from the musical King Kong even before the Beatles influenced him.
“The world mourns the death of one of great soldiers of Peace and Human Equality, the noble son of Africa, Nelson Mandela. My shadowy link with the spirit of this man goes back to when I first heard the song Shosholoza in the all-black, South African musical, King Kong. It played for about a year in the Princes Theatre, across the road from my doorway, in 1961. Though I never understood the words, it was rooted in my musical influences way before even the Beatles stepped into the cavern. The song was about progress, freedom and a train coming to South Africa.”
Anyway after looking at a LOT of Shoshaloza’s, I think I liked this one best, so here it is.