GREAT PERFORMANCES

Joseph Shabalala, Miriam Makeba, Okyerema Asante, Paul Simon and Ray Phiri - GRE
Air Date: 
Friday, Jan 4th - 9:00pm
Episode Title: 
Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey

Paul Simon’s Graceland album, an experiment in cross-cultural collaboration, was also commercially popular, selling 14 million albums worldwide and winning Grammys for “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for the title track. Today, it’s considered one of the most significant recordings of its time. But why was Graceland so controversial in 1986? Why did Simon face such vehement criticism? In 2011, filmmaker Joe Berlinger accompanied Simon on his return to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in the original album, capturing Simon’s unique homecoming as he reflects on the landmark events.

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