Paul Simon: Graceland - The African Concert
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Lady Smith Black Mombazo are especailly moving and Hugh Masekela singing FREE NELSON MANDELA is unforgettable. The lyrics are Simon at his best.
The emotions of the African musicians, exiled from their homeland as a result of Apartheid charge the air and the concert must surely be remebered as a musical milestone.
"Five Stars are not enough" here here...
This video is well worth owning. I watch it often, and enjoy it every time. I have noticed comments regarding poor sound quality in other reviews. Personally, I did not find that to be a problem in the overall quality of this film; after all, this concert took place in South Africa, not Central Park.
Watching Paul's performance during this concert, it was hard to believe that he was at a very low point in his career at the time. Performances by all other artists involved were equally good, and the obvious respect between Paul Simon and the South African artists--particularly Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo--was moving.
I also enjoyed seeing footage of South Africa at various points in the film. I felt it added to the "being there" feeling of the film itself. The singing of the National Anthem of South Africa at the end of the concert was a perfect ending.
I would recommend this to all world music fans, not just Paul Simon fans.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've watched this DVD more than any DVD I've ever owned, and I've still not grown at all tired of it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fabulous. Superb sound, wonderful cinematography. Only wish it could be redone into Blu Ray.Published 8 months ago by Gerald Eads
Worth every penny I spent! Music like this unites the world! Paul Simon, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysith Black Mambazo! You will play it over and over again! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Skip
If you are the kind of person who hopes against hope for peace among peoples of the world, this event will bolster your optimism. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Techwriter
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