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Under African Skies...Paul Simon and Graceland...,
This review is from: Graceland 25th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD [featuring "Under African Skies" film] (Audio CD)I remember hearing "Diamonds on the soles of her shoes", and instantly been won over by Simon's lyrics-although been largely unaware of the career of Simon (and only marginally aware) of the political mess he had created for himself with 'Graceland', and at the time I was only aware of Apartheid (mainly through the News).
The music of Graceland is (still) unsurpased by Paul Simon, and the "Under African Skies" goes some-way to address the ANC and reactions to a rich, white man coming to Africa durig the lengthy period of Apartheid, although only quarter of a century ago-seems like another world:
1. The Boy In The Bubble
3. I Know What I Know
5. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
6. You Can Call Me Al
7. Under African Skies
9. Crazy Love, Vol II
10. That Was Your Mother
11. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints
12. Homeless (Demo)
13. Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes (Alternate version)
14. All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints (Early version)
15. You Can Call Me Al (Demo)
16. Crazy Love (Demo)
17. The Story of "Graceland" - as told by Paul Simon
The Album speaks for itself. As for 'Under African Skies'--Paul Simon returning to Africa is both moving & insightful--Simon still appears genuinely irritated by politicians (whom are quick to make mileage out of him, but also use him at Political functions).
There is also a clear love and respect between Simon and the other Musicians-whom Simon credits fully (not for the first time either)with the collaboration that resulted in Graceland.
Both the Album and cd are really good value at present £10.49, I'd like the £80 set next...
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2012 22:10:36 BDT
The DVD 'Under African Skies' is a real eye opener.
It illustrates the sheer hypocrisy of the ANC attitude, not only to the white man Simon, who dared to ignore their politically imposed ban on black/white cultural integration except if undertaken with their express permission, and on their political terms; but which also denied their own black people, who, by the reverse apartheit that they themselves imposed, were simultaneously denied all cultural relations with white artists.
Thankfully, Simon stuck to his guns and refused to be intimidated by these insidious people. Had he not done so, black South African music would be virtually unknown today, as was the case before 'Graceland'.
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