As the story goes, fresh off of divorcing Princess Leia, getting back together with Garfunkel, then breaking up with Garfunkel again, deleting an album's worth of angelic harmony vocals in a fit of bitter rage, Paul Simon is given a mixtape. It is a cassette of South African dance music, Accordion Jive Hits Vol II, and it saves Paul's life, so much so that he travels to apartheid South Africa to try to track down and record with the musicians from the tape, and so Graceland is born.
Graceland was the first CD my parents bought when we first got a CD player. It is an album I know well and love dearly. It is also a strange bit of musical colonization, and one of the few brushes with African culture that Americans seem to give any crap about, resting their entire sense of a world of music on the capable but tired shoulders of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. So, in the spirit of Accordian Jive Hits Vol II, and to honor a fantastic album, I have recorded my own version of Graceland, using samples from the music of South African artists. I will also be posting a companion compilation of the songs sampled.
released October 2, 2015
1. "Pfuka N'Wavalo" by MD Shirinda & the Gaza Sisters
2. "Ulhembeni-na" by Soul Brothers
3. "Umalusi" by Paulus Masina
4. "Nyatsi Tloha Pela'ka" by Tau Ea Lesotho
5. "Meadowlands" by Ebrahim Isaacs
6. "Hustle Bump!" by Soul of the City
7. ""I Remember" by The Queue Sisters
8. "White House Special" by Joseph Mazibuku
9. "Mississippi River" by Izintombi Zodumo
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