In 1985, Paul Simon’s music career was at a crossroads. He hadn’t charted an album in the top 10 for over a decade. So Simon decided to travel to South Africa to record sessions for what would be one of his most successful solo albums, ‘Graceland’.
However, there was an immediate backlash, as Simon faced accusations that he had broken the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against the apartheid regime in South Africa, which was in its final years at the time.
Despite the controversy, the album was released in 1986 and was a huge smash for Simon, winning Record, Song and Album of the year. The album also introduced the world to the vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Rolling Stone listed ‘Graceland’ at #71 as it’s top 500 greatest albums of all time. Simon’s watershed album is being reissued this month in a deluxe four-disc 25th anniversary box set.
To commemorate the album’s 25th anniversary, Smooth Jazz and More will broadcast a retrospect, featuring the Grammy winning singer in an exclusive interview produced by Joyride Media. The program premieres on Friday, June 29th at 12 noon and re-airs all summer long. Check Twitter for air times (@smoothjazznmore).