Under African Skies
"Under African Skies" travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa as the 25th anniversary of "Graceland" approaches. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album's genesis. His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire.
The universal appeal of the music of "Graceland" proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14 million copies worldwide, and received universal praise from critics around the globe. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on "Saturday Night Live" and appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone." "Graceland" won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1987 and Song of the Year in 1988.