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"Under African Skies", one of the year's most eagerly anticipated documentaries, is slated for international film festival screenings and a limited theatrical run as well as an exclusive invitation-only screening in Dublin's Lighthouse cinema.
Coming later this month, Sony Music will release a "Graceland 25th Anniversary" commemorative edition deluxe collector's box set as well as a special two-disc set, each featuring the original album with bonus tracks and the director's cut of "Under African Skies".
"Under African Skies" travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa 25 years after his first visit. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album's genesis. His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire, with Paul Simon accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
The universal appeal of the music of "Graceland" proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14 million copies worldwide, and received universal praise from critics around the globe. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on Saturday Night Live and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
By January of 1987, "You Can Call Me Al" was everywhere and "Graceland" won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1987. Then, in an unprecedented carryover, the album garnered the Grammy for Song of the Year with its title track in 1988. The album generated three hit singles and kept Paul Simon and the "Graceland" tour on the road for five years.
"Graceland" continues to provide rewards to its listeners and remains a pivotal listening experience for writers, artists and fans.
We have pairs of tickets to a special preview screening of Under African Skies at The Lighthouse on Tuesday 15th May (7pm) to give away. Simply answer the question correctly to be entered into the draw. Competition closes Monday 14th May.