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“Under African Skies” is a brilliant, must-see documentary by the renowned filmmaker Joe Berlinger, which was created on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Paul Simon’s seminal album “Graceland.” The documentary won the 2012 SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category and is the only music film to win an Audience Award. Berlinger intertwines both sides of a complex story as Simon returns to South Africa for a reunion concert with the original “Graceland” musicians, which unearths the turbulent birth of the album.
Paul Simon’s historic “Graceland” album sold millions of copies and united cultures, yet it also ended up dividing world opinion on the boundaries of art, politics and business. Despite its huge success as a popular fusion of American and African musical styles, “Graceland” spawned intense political debate. Simon was accused of breaking the United Nations’ cultural boycott of South Africa, which was designed to end apartheid.
While the album went on to be widely celebrated for its revolutionary mix of musical styles and for bringing the extraordinary gifts of under-exposed South African musicians to the forefront, many of the questions “Graceland” raised in 1986 remain. For example, what is the role of the artist when society is in upheaval? Who does music belong to? Whose rules, if any, should artists play by? Do cultural collaborations matter? And what will be the legacy of “Graceland’s” indelible songs in a world that has since been politically, and musically, transformed?
This piece includes a number of color and black-and-white photographs, a documentary short, and the full-length HD version of “Under African Skies.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/paul-simon-takes-us-back-under-african-skies/“Under African Skies” is a brilliant, must-see documentary by the renowned... more
The Price of Silence is a global musical mosaic that powerfully delivers on the message that human rights begin at home and that people world-wide are united in fighting for them.
The song and video feature legends of music and human rights, produced by Link TV and directed by Joshua Atesh Litle for Amnesty International to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with music produced by Andres Levin for Music Has No Enemies.
Kiran Ahluwalia, Aterciopelados, Natacha Atlas, Yerba Buena, Chiwoniso, Emmanuel Jal, Angelique Kidjo, Yungchen Lhamo, Stephen Marley, Hugh Masekela, Natalie Merchant, Rachid Taha, Chali 2Na, Julieta Venegas
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmkc7JxCc5wThe Price of Silence is a global musical mosaic that powerfully delivers on the... more