Apparently an artist is nobody unless the birfoon Rogue has heard of them. Much like Obama’s BC. If the birfoon hasn’t seen it, it probably doesn’t exist.<quoted text>
Anyway this article will bring back Paul Simon the controversy as if it were yesterday.
“This time, he had been even bolder, recording several of the tracks in South Africa with black musicians who were then little-known in the west. But as Simon knew all too well, this was a highly controversial move, because South was still a white-run apartheid state, and many other western musicians were playing an active role in trying to bring the system to an end.
Hugh Masekela, exiled from South Africa because of his attacks on the apartheid regime, had known Simon since the 60s; he had appeared alongside Simon and Garfunkel at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. He suggested that they tour together, in a show that would include an array of black South African musicians, including the country's finest female singer Miriam Makeba, and that songs from Graceland should be performed alongside black South African music.
And there's praise for Simon from other South African musicians who found global success because of their involvement with the album or the tour. Joseph Shabalala, leader of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was clearly delighted to see him – and understandably so, because his group haven't stopped touring in the west since Graceland was released”