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Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert (1987)

| Documentary, Music | TV Movie
A concert given in Zimbabwe, Africa, by singer Paul Simon, featuring such South African musicians as Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masakela.
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Credited cast:
Hugh Masekela ...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isaac Asante ...
Nomsa Caluza ...
Back-up Singer
Tony Cedras ...
Jabulani Dubazana ...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Nobambo Fazakerley ...
Back-up Singer
Francis Fuster ...
Bakithi Kumalo ...
Abednego Mazibuko ...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Albert Mazibuko ...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Geophrey Mdletshe ...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sonti Mndebele ...
Back-up Singer


Track listing: 1. Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Intro and Township Jive 2. Paul Simon - Boy In The Bubble 3. Paul Simon - Gumboots 4. Paul Simon - Whispering Bells 5. Hugh Masekela - Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) 6. Paul Simon - Crazy Love, Vol. II 7. Paul Simon - I Know What I Know 8. Miriam Makeba - Jinkel E Maweni 9. Miriam Makeba - Soweto Blues 10. Paul Simon and Miriam Makeba - Under African Skies 11. LadySmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba (Mother Of Hope) 12. LadySmith Black Mambazo - Hello My Baby 13. Paul Simon and LadySmith Black Mambazo - Homeless 14. Paul Simon - Graceland 15. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al 16. Hugh Masekela - Stimela 17. Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes 18. Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela and Paul Simon - N'kosi Sikeleli Written by JJCaesar

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Bakithi Kumalo switches between two bass guitars (one fretless, one not) during the concert, which is fine. However, he switches back and forth between the two during the song "I Know What I Know". See more »

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Awesome, Spellbinding, Brilliant. Superlatives fail me.
10 March 2007 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is the TV version, and there may be more comments or info under one of the DVD versions, e.g. Graceland: The African Concert (1987) (V).

Recorded live in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1987. The tracklist features seventeen songs including 'You Can Call Me Al', 'Graceland', 'Diamonds On The Soles Of My Shoes', 'Hello My Baby', 'Homeless', 'Stimela', 'Gumboots' and 'Whispering Bells'.

Paul Simon is a tremendous artist and mixed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba the result is tremendous.

T Shirts proclaiming 'Free Nelson Mandela' appear in the audience, and the musicians make several references to the politics of the time. Recall 1987 and the shame of the then government of South Africa. It is filmed in Harare, the capital of neighbouring Harare.At one stage, we see a street poster asking us to support Mugabe, who wit the benefit of hindsight now 20 years later, has unfortunately turned out to be a first class despot, and an incompetent one at that.

The music is first class, the singing tremendous, and the download conveys the atmosphere of the event. If you are a Paul Simon fan this is essential. Also essential is Classic Albums: Paul Simon - Graceland (1997) (V), a documentary on the making of the album, and its suite. Also downloadable.

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