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Paul Simon: Graceland - The African Concert


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  • Actors: Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (Stereo), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner/Reprise Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305342784
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,766 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Songs include: "Township Jive," "The Boy In The Bubble," "Gumboots," "Whispering Bells," "Bring Him Back Home," "Crazy Love: Part 2," "I Know What I Know," "Jinkel E Mawani," "Soweto Blues," "Under African Skies," "Unomathemba," "Hello My Baby," "Homeless," "Graceland," "You Can Call Me Al," "Stimela," "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes," and "N'Kosi Sikeleli Africa (Traditional)," "King of Kings"

Editorial Reviews

Actors: Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Release date: March 23, 1999 Language: English (PCM Stereo) Subtitles: English Region code: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Studio: Warner Bros / Wea Run Time: 90 minutes Number of Disks: 1 ASIN: 6305342784 Amazon.com Sales Rank: 122136

Customer Reviews

This is a must for an avid music collector.
Steve M. Wambua
Most of the concert is based around arguably the best American pop album of the '80s, Paul Simon's Graceland.
John Techwriter
I have watched this concert a dozen times, and look forward to the next dozen.
LionGoRoar

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By LionGoRoar on June 2, 2003
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This is one of the most amazing concerts ever! Not only is the music amazing, but the players are royalty. It is a powerful example of the potential music has to speak the truth and move the soul. Somebody complained about the quality of the sound or whatever -- but I don't understand how that can even be an issue you'd want discuss in the review of such a powerful piece of musical history.
This concert is a celebration of freedom, and the music is a celebration of truth. It is a joy to watch, and even if you're not a Paul Simon fan, you probably still won't be able to keep yourself from being moved -- either figuratively or literally: my friend (who's not a big Paul fan) said she couldn't stop dancing. Miriam Makeba -- who had been in exile from her homeland for 27 years because of her political beliefs -- has an inspired presence, as does Hugh Masakela -- also a political exile. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is both a force to be reckoned with and a perfect example of gentle humility. All the "back-up" players are astounding, and Paul is as full of love and humility and sincerity as he could possibly be.
I have watched this concert a dozen times, and look forward to the next dozen. It is a rare gem that I enjoy sharing with the people in my life I love the most.
To sum it up? GET THIS CONCERT.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2000
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Lets keep a couple of things in mind here, people! First of all this was recorded in 1987, in Africa, in that time period BEFORE digital cameras. And secondly, digital audio (DAT and PCM) was still a maturing medium (still is as far as I'm concerned). The point of the concert was to go there and make a statement and entertain those people, not to put out a hi-fi, hi-res DVD 13 or 14 years later. I have a Sony Trinitron TV and a Sony DVD player, and I think it looks and sounds great, despite those afore-mentioned physical limitations. And what is reviewer #1 talking about? I don't have ANY interviews on my copy. I don't think he/she is reviewing the same thing we are. I have exactly what the description says- a live concert. The performance is fantastic. The sound is great, and the video quality is pretty darn good. If you like the Graceland CD, you will love this concert.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. WHITTEN on October 7, 2000
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Simon's creativity is timeless. This concert is 13 years old, and the politics which lurked behind it have changed dramatically. But the music still moves me to tears and laughter. Very few American musicians (especially white ones) could blend their style with the exciting rhythms and language of the African culture the way Simon has. It has to be the music which makes this album great, since the production is simple enough to have been performed in a high school auditorium. Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela were long appreciated by me, but the Ladysmith Black Mambazo group was a delightful new find.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By O. Sarumi on September 24, 2005
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I'm an African, and I've been listening to this music, and I've also been watching this concert on Video since 1991.

Having lived in the Western World for a while, Wow! I'm yet to see anything like this. If you are a true music lover,

no one needs to tell you about this music and concert. All you need to do is get a copy.

I've been to many music concerts including Jazzfests, but nothing..I mean nothing come close to this in term of performance. As an African this is one the best music concerts I've seen. Paul Simon did a beautiful job in mixing contemporay white folk's music with African beats. Who says there can't be harmony in the world. Watching Blacks and Whites dancing and pumping the fist in the air makes me believe we are getting there.

The international langugage of music- rythm, harmony, and beats knows no bound and this Paul's masterpiece work of art is what every human living should have - particularly blacks.

Paul Simon,Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo...all in one concert...Wow!

Believe me it all (everything) start from here - Africa- and that's where Paul came to put the final 'icing' on his tremendous career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vimlesh Narayan on February 23, 2006
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This is an excellent DVD. The production is excellent and for musicians it has a lot of shots of the players as opposed to just the singer. The 'jam' factor is pretty high and you can see it in the intensity of the dancing going on in the crowd.

The only reason why i did not give 5 stars is because there were no 'extras'.

The DVD is definitely worth seeing on a large screen TV with progressive scan and with a good set of full range speakers. The 'sound' is vintage 'yamaha' and full and warm. The engineers knew what they were doing on this recording. The use of subtitles for the words of the song even fulfills a quasi-karaoke function and lets you sing along to the more famous songs like graceland, diamonds, call me al, etc.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "smhboslee" on September 3, 2002
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I had seen, and reviewed, Graceland: The African Concert in VHS format sometime ago. If there is anyone out there who hasn't seen this in DVD yet, get out there and buy it! It is an incredible experience. Paul Simon put on one of the best shows I have seen (and I've been lucky enough to see him in person more than once)...more than anything else, I think it was the "feel" of this concert that made it so special. He showed tremendous respect for the other performers, and they obviously returned the sentiment. The band, particularly Ray Phiri, could NOT have performed any better. Wonderful show.
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