This week (4 June) Paul Simon's Graceland celebrates its 25th birthday with the release of a new edition featuring the record, a documentary about the album's making, Under African Skies, and more. To mark this anniversary for the first album ever to receive five stars from Q (way back in our first ever issue), each day this week Paul Simon himself introduces a different song from the album.
Paul Simon: "It wasn't until I got home [from Africa] that I started to think I could write a song for Ladysmith Black Mambazo and so I wrote Homeless, imitating them and sent the demo to them and said you know you can use this or you can change it, add to it if you want or change it completely if you want, do anything you want to it. I had no idea of what was in Joseph's [Shabalala, LBM founder] mind when we met - he was kind of mysterious to me. Later he told me that he had seen that we would collaborate and that it would result in a school being built where he would teach this traditional music. Joseph is a very spiritual person and has those kind of visions."
For more head to Paulsimon.com
12:00 AM | 07/06/2012
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