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Campfire Backstage at Glastonbury

With all the excitement of the performance itself, I neglected to share one of my favorite moments from Glastonbury. This came not during the show itself, but immediately afterward. The whole band and many of our special guests sat around a campfire backstage and were entertained by impromtu a capella performances by Clarence Bekker, Grandpa Elliott, and Vusi Mahlasela.

The three of them took turns, presenting pieces ranging from spoken word prose to ballads, and everything in between. Clarence offered a beautiful tribute to Michael Jackson, who had just passed two days earlier. Grandpa sang an amazing version of “Old Man River,” and Vusi incorporated a sequence of interpretive dance into one of his songs (which is the origin of the above photograph).

By the time anyone had bothered to check a watch, it was already 3AM. Between these three’s exhibitions and the rest of us rehashing stories from our week in London, we had wiled away most of the night. And with that, we all piled back into the bus to begin the 3 hour drive back to our hotel.

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