Feb 282012
 

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

DIRECTOR: Joe Berlinger | USA | 102 min | 2011

In 1986, the fusion of Paul Simon’s lyrics and South Africa’s infectious township beat stunned the world. Graceland may have sold millions of copies, but boiling underneath the global success of the LP lay the political fallout that pitted the exiled ANC against some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists who were perceived to be breaking the UN-imposed cultural boycott. In 2011, Paul Simon returned to South Africa for a 25-year reunion concert and through archival materials and telling reminiscences (including interviews with Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Harry Belafonte and Paul McCartney) the fascinating story of the album unfolds against a buoyant, irrepressible soundtrack.