Paul Simon: Under African Skies

Paul Simon’s Graceland album is one of his greatest achievements – a brilliant fusion of African rhythms and western pop which became a global phenomenon. It also proved hugely controversial, as Simon broke the UN backed cultural boycott of a country still under the grip of apartheid.

Under African Skies (2012)
Under African Skies poster Rating: 7.7/10 (365 votes)
Director: Joe Berlinger
Writer: N/A
Stars: Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, Okeyerama Asante, Harry Belafonte
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Documentary, Biography, History
Released: 25 May 2012
Plot: 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 the Apartheid regime.

Joe Berlinger’s film captures Simon’s return to South Africa 25 years on and contrasts the value of individual artistic expression versus collective political action as instruments of change.

Did Paul Simon’s unique collaboration with South Africa’s township musicians set back the clock of South African liberation or drive it forward?

Category: Music