Under African Skies

108mins2012MusicTVPG
director
Joe Berlinger
starring
Quincy JonesPaul SimonHarry BelafontePeter GabrielOprah WinfreyMaya Angelou
Nominated for three Emmys, this critically acclaimed documentary traces the evolution and turbulent birth of Paul Simon's landmark album, Graceland. Graceland is considered by many to be one of the most important albums of all time - for its musical mastery, its innovative sound and the foundational way it brought together the music of two very different cultures. The album elevated global awareness of South African music and politics, and created a watershed moment in musical fusion. It has even been suggested that the global attention that Graceland brought to the culture helped usher in the end of Apartheid. Produced for the album's 25th anniversary, this film follows Simon on his current tour and travels with him to South Africa to revisit the people, places, and music that first inspired him.
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