South Africa & Paul Simon
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist./5
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30 years ago this year: Paul Simon made the album "Graceland" in the thick of apartheid South Africa
I liked a video Paul Simon: Call me Al, concert zimbabwe / South Africa
“LOST MUSKET DIARY” Sunday August 3, 2014 Partly Cloudy with Showers 87F/31 C in Rancho Las Musket Cloudy with Showers 83F/28C in Roma Buongiorno, Roman Holiday 2014 is under way. Since August is the hottest and steamiest month of the Roman Year, everyone with the time and the means abandons Rome, leaving the city to the invading tourists. Having lived through hot summers in Phoenix, Florida and California’s lovely Central Valley, I have no intention of going to Rome during August. I’m planning on waiting until November so I can celebrate Thanksgiving with my Italian family. Even the Pope abandons the Vatican for the cooler climes of Castel Gandolfo. (I’m just guessing that Francis will take a bus there, not the Pope-mobile). Mike and Laura will probably also head out of town. One year it was up the coast to Cinque Terre, last year it was South Africa in search of a Paul Simon concert. Occasionally, they even come back to California. The natives will do anything to avoid staying in Rome during . ...
That doc is worth watching just to hear Steve Van Zandt's frank opinions about Paul Simon and South Africa. No love lost there, it appears.
D.O.P.: 03-10-12 P.O.P.: DISC DADDY/ The 'Thrash-Can' Batch. TITLE: "Pieces of Africa" BY: Kronos Quartet (1992) DISC No.No.# CD WEBLINK: released, Pieces of Africa was subject to some of the same "cultural imperialist" criticism that had been more successfully leveled at performers like David Byrne and Paul Simon. The album consists of commissions from African composers working at varying distances from European conventions. But whereas Byrne and Simon arguably used the music of Brazil or South Africa as backgrounds over which to display their own egos, the Kronos Quartet's members managed to sublimate themselves in service to the compositions, never giving the listener any sense of condescension. All of which is to say that Pieces of Africa is a very beautiful recording with several superb individual works. Zimbabwe's Dumisani Maraire's opening piece, "Mai Nozipo," with the composer accompanying the quartet on drums, is a rousing, triumphant anthem with a resonant melodic line that will long linger. Th ...
Rock Calendar 1-11-92: Paul Simon becomes the first international star to perform in South Africa after United Nations ends cultural boycott
THIS DATE IN HISTORY JANUARY 11, 1992: Paul Simon returns to Johannesburg, South Africa, with the blessing of the U.N. In 1985, singer-songwriter Paul Simon made a controversial nine-day visit to South Africa—a visit that some felt was in violation of a United Nations cultural boycott, but a visit that dramatically increased worldwide awareness of black South Africa's rich musical traditions. Seven years later, with the U.N. boycott lifted, Simon returned to South Africa to play a historic concert in Johannesburg on January 11, 1992. The cultural boycott of South Africa was put in place during the late-60s and early-70s in response to the racist policies of South Africa under apartheid. With the vocal support of South Africa's banned opposition party, the African National Congress, the United Nations barred South Africa from participating in international sporting events and cultural affairs. Because black South Africans were already barred from such activities under apartheid, it was hoped that an inte ...
LNN - Sweden have Swedes, Germany have Germans, China have Chinese etc...South Africa have racists...Paul Simon's song Graceland title must be changed to Raceland...Lol...Loyiso Gola
10 things to know before visiting South Africa. South Africa -- it's the part of the continent most of us know at least a little about. Now almost two decades removed from apartheid, the country at the bottom of the continent has taken up the place it deserves as one of Africa's top tourist destinations. The country of approximately 52 million people is already well known for Cape Town, Table Mountain, the wine route and game viewing in the Kruger National Park. But there's much more to discover 1. KwaZulu-Natal province inspired one of the world's best-selling albums Paul Simon introduced the world to isicathamiya music, a form of Zulu a cappella, when he teamed up with Ladysmith Black Mambazo for his album "Graceland." Named after the KwaZulu-Natal town they come from, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is but one of hundreds of similar groups that can be seen and heard performing regularly at shows that resemble sporting competitions. Often involving as many as 30 groups, these competitions usually take place in ...
Part four: In 1988 I was just about to write my Ordinary level exams in Education when the Graceland Concert came into town Paul Simon put together some South African artist from South Africa and some from Exile, this where I met Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekilea, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, The Black Mabamzo group and many more. I recall that we where late for the Spencer house boarding roll call and Yvonne Chaka Chaka came into our boarding house to give the House Master there excuse, we defiantly made an impression to the House Master and kids at Spencer House. I was expelled from Spencer House because I instigated a dinning room walk out due to the change of diet imagine being served beans on toast for Sunday dinner after we where used to being served a proper Sunday Roast dinner, I flipped and I made everyone including the prefects to walk out of the dining hall in protest which served two houses Winston and Spencer over 400 students, if I recall Nathan Bananana attended the same school and was then at Winston . ...
On Saturday night 91 people gathered in the school's sports hall for a fun-filled Trivia Night "Around the World in 80 Questions", moderated by Jonas Holt. After 6 rounds - each focussing on questions from Ozeania, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe - the winning table and the runner-up were separated by just 1 point! Would you have known...? Which nobel prize did Ernest Rutherford (New Zealand) win in 1908? Who was the predecessor of US President John F. Kennedy? Which of Paul Simon's albums was mostly recorded in South Africa? How many of the 19 soccer world cups were won by European countries? If you know some or all of the answers, come to the next Trivia Night. If you don't know any of the answers, find others who do and book a table for the next next Trivia Night...
Paul Simon , Accidental Freedom Fighter ! Sometimes not being to sleep has it's rewards. Last night I watched the PBS documentary "Paul Simons Graceland Journey". I followed Paul's fascination with South African music and his determination to go to South Africa in defiance of a UN resolution that banned performers from entering SA . It covered his discovery of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and their music. Despite opposition from the United Nations and the ANC Paul was able to bring this group together to create a work of music that stands even today. More than that he brought awareness of the terrible issue of Apartheid to the world outside of South Africa and helped to bring about the end of this discrimination. I remember clearly the Saturday Night Live episode when they debuted this new song "Diamonds on the soles offer shoes" If you are of my age and have not listens to Graceland in years ,you should.And if you're younger and never heard it ,you are doing yourself an injustice..Spend an hour and enjoy . .. ...
A1. The music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Paul Simon's "Graceland" makes me want to visit South Africa
You might know their music from Paul Simon's Graceland but they are one of South Africa's most prolific groups. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be at the Aladdin Theater March 8th! — with Aurora Diane Owen.
Different regional, racial, ethnic and cultural strains have all enriched the music of Africa. Arabic, French, and Portuguese colonialism left more marks than just scars -- all these elements found their way into African music over time. In the late 1950s, Miriam Makeba wowed American audiences with her beautifully intense voice; in the 1960s, her (then) husband Hugh Masekela's horn found massive success on stateside jazz and pop charts. Fela Kuti added political insight with American Funk, jazz and Nigerian music, becoming a world superstar in the 1970s. His fellow countryman, King Sunny Ade, brought his shimmering voice and guitar to traditional drum patterns and toured the world with Juju music. Paris became the hub of Afro-Pop, a very danceable melange of traditional and Western music, in the 1980s. A short time later, Paul Simon scored a massive hit with Graceland, an album recorded with various African artists who were stars in their own right -- Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, and South Africa's Ladysmit ...
World-renowned Ladysmith Black Mambazo To perform at Grand Theatre FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2013) – The world-renowned South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the Grand Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Black Mambazo skyrocketed to fame in 1986 when Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s distinctive harmonies in his landmark “Graceland” album. “Graceland” brought stardom to the a capella group and introduced mainstream audiences to the genre known as world music. The following year, Simon produced the group’s first U.S. release, “Shaka Zulu,” which won a Grammy in 1988. While “Graceland” was the launching pad for stardom, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been a leading exponent of South African musical traditions since the early 1960s. It was then that a young farm boy and factory worker, Joseph Shabalala, formed a vocal group. The distinctive name combines his hometown, Ladysmith, with “black” -- a reference to the color of the o . ...
Sarah Brown and I just returned home after being treated to a wonderful evening by Helen Stimson and Bill Stimson at Longwood Gardens where, after dinner, we listened to a stirring performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa. Started 53 years ago and introduced to mainstream audiences by Paul Simon in 1986 via his landmark Graceland album, this group has won several Grammy Awards. Sitting among and under thousands of blooming orchids in the Longwood Conservatory, I was struck by Paul Simon's description of this talented group "it isn't merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheet joy and love that emanates from their being." They ended tonight by singing a special rendition of Amazing Grace which made me seriously reflect on what my welcoming marks should be for tomorrow's reception in honor of the Consul General of South Africa who will be in Wilmington at a special Wine Guild meeting of the MidAtlantic Wine and Food Fest ...
Rock of Ages pt 3 Jan 11th Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South Africa after the end of the cultural boycott Jan 16th *** Jagger attends the Hollywood premier of his latest movie Freejack July 11th November Rain by Guns N Roses enters the record books as the longest single to reach the Billboard top 20 its 8 minutes and 57 seconds long
WOW, watching a Paul Simon special on PBS, may sound corney, but he is truly an American treasure. for those of us old enough, we remember how many repeats are in "Bridge Over Troubled Water". and how Paul's career did not die after the split. He goes on to make more entertaining and way more important music, and much of it confronting the controversy in South Africa and apartheid. and I dare you to watch the video of "You can call me Al" and not smile... you need fixin'. treasure he is.
Paul Simon's Graceland album is now a quarter-century old! In 2011, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger accompanied Simon on his return to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in the original album. Watch the documentary tonight (1/4) at 9 on GREAT PERFORMANCES l PBS
Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: "Under African Skies" begins with Paul Simon's 2011 emotional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album "Graceland," but it unfolds into a kaleidoscopic portrait of the turbulent birth and ever-shifting life of a work of art. The Joe Berlinger-directed film airs on Great Performances Friday, January 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings)
Travel back to South Africa with Paul Simon on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his historic Graceland album in this documentary from Joe Berlinger and A&E IndieFilms.
I spent today in the Heartland Film Festival's Hospitality Suite at the Canterbury Inn. I am really looking forward to Saturday night's "Under African Skies," a documentary about Paul Simon's controversial 'Graceland' tour in apartheid South Africa.
Attended the opening night of the Festival at Sandpoint! What a show! Love the music of South Africa by Ladysmith Black Mambazo (recorded with Paul Simon on Graceland), Johnny Clegg (aka The White Zulu) and his South African band was nothing short of phenomenal, and the Opening Act was Chris Terracciano's Backbeat Drum Group and our grandaughter, Jennie Javana, performed. What a fun night!
Watching documentary "Under African Skies" tonight. Amazing story of Paul Simon's making of album "Graceland" in South Africa.
-- Randomness of the evening: Well, really more of a recommendation. If you like great music documentaries, check out Paul Simon's "Under African Skies" as a tie in to the 25th anniversary re-release of his album "Graceland" (you can buy the album with the documentary). It goes into the recording of the album, political and cultural events dealing with apartheid in South Africa, and the touring and response to the album.
Directed by Joe Berlinger. With Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, Okeyerama Asante, Harry Belafonte. Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end t...
Wow, I just had a wonderful hour and a half! Got the Netflix copy of Paul Simon's "Graceland: The African Concert", filmed in Zimbabwe in 1987. He combines pieces from the original :"Graceland" album, with artists from South Africa, during aparthied(sp). Saw a documentary about that concert where Paul says he was not aware of what was going on then and there. Armed guards were around, too. When he sang "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes" I was DANCING! I, who sometimes need a walker to get around, was DANCING! Just like I used to do when I heard Credence Clearwater's "Bad Moon". Woohoo! Think I wanna buy that album!
Not only did Paul Simon go into South Africa during the boycott, but he completely teefed the album concept from Los Lobos. SMH
Joe Berlinger's music documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa for the 25th anniversary Graceland is a joyous celebration of music's power to unite.
Harry Belafonte was actually speaking about Paul Simon going to South Africa and recording the album "Graceland" during apartheid.
For those of you who are Paul Simon fans, tonight "Under African Skies" @ 9 pm on A&E. Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a concert.
This is going to be a great day. Under African Skies Documentary at SIFF with Missy and Cyrus. Paul Simon journey back to South Africa to reunite with the musicians who made the Graceland album...and the controversy behind the making of that album. Then to the Tractor with Lori and Corrine for Alan Doyle's Show on his tour without Great Big Sea. So much fun will start at 4. Now errands to run before the fun starts.
Hugh Masekela performing on the great Paul Simon's concert during the time of apartheid in South Africa - Messages of protest transmitted through music. Join the train...
Music fans will know that this summer will be the 25th anniversary for Paul Simon's album Graceland! The album won the 1986 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1987 Grammy for Record of the Year. In 2007, the album was added to the United States National Recording Registry, along with another 24 significant recordings that year. It is included in many "best of" and "greatest" album lists including both Rolling Stone's and Time's. People should remember the the huge controversy it caused! When you listen remember this, at the time the album was being recorded: South Africa was still a white-run apartheid state!
Attention all Vancouverites, if you love Paul Simon and his music and well made documentaries, dance your way to the Denman Cinemas at noon today to see Under African Skies, which had its western premiere last night, and has permission to show it again at noon. Admission is 10 dollars.. You will love it! Last nights gala was to benefit Education Without Borders in South Africa. It was a great success with a full house! Congratulations to all!
Under African Skies, what a great movie of Paul Simon in South Africa!, great music as well!!!
Saw "Under African Skies" at last night. Recommended. Paul Simon back in South Africa 25 years after Graceland
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