January 28, 2014

When Van Zandt & Paul Simon Debated Mandela

Africa Is a Country, Africa Is a Country

The Associated Press

Basically, the set up is this: In the early stages of the project, Van Zandt traveled to South Africa, where he met with black activists and experienced the effects of Apartheid first hand. In one scene, he goes to Soweto (check his description of 1980s Soweto: “… you’d see, like, two or three feet of fog all over the ground. No lights”) to meet more people and talk about the cultural boycott. Paul Simon, meanwhile had defied the cultural boycott, and traveled to South Africa to record with South African musicians for his Graceland album.

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TAGGED: Africa, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Apartheid

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