Graceland, the iconic world music album in which Paul Simon's snatched up a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1986, sticks out as one of the greatest albums of all time. There's an almost mythical quality to its' creation. Looking to revive his career, Simon headed to South Africa...a process that is now documented in the film Under African Skies, which premiered at Sundance in honor of the 25th anniversary of the album.
In this preview of the documentary, Simon, along with various musicians and record execs, discuss the blending of national styles and the influence of American pop on South African music. According to Simon, "I was taking absurdist lyrics which I thought had no place with this rhythm track, and finally saying...well, maybe it does have a place." David Byrne, Vampire Weekend, and Oprah also lend their thoughts, explaining Graceland and its' impact on 80s music culture as well as their personal lives. Have a look.