In 1986, Graceland sold 14 million copies worldwide and garnered both the Album and Song of the Year Grammy in 1987. Simon and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on Saturday Night Live and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. It generated three hit singles and it kept Paul Simon and the Graceland tour on the road for five years. Its music was heard across the globe. Today, its music and its reputation still reach generations of music enthusiasts yet so many are unaware of how pivotal that one album was during the 1980s, how it helped birth the idea of World Music and revived the career of one of America's most important songwriters. How it influenced the political progress of South Africa a country divided by institutionalized racism, causing and then transcending years of controversy. How in fact the album came to be in the first place.Graceland's 25th anniversary CD/DVD features the original album with bonus tracks, the documentary film (Under African Skies), deluxe book featuring unreleased photos and new liner notes.
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Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces is Seether's 3rd major studio album and the bands newest album in 15 months. The first single 'Fake It' is already released to radio. "We've been working very hard on this album, and it's been quite some time since we've had a single at radio, so we're extremely excited to be back in the saddle, so to speak. We've adopted an ''anything goes'' attitude for this album. We didn't restrict ourselves to straight rock songs, and we were completely open to new ideas," says singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan. "This is not by any stretch of the imagination a concept album, nor is it a 'woe is me, I'm sober' album. We explored our melodic side a little bit more, and as a result, I believe this is our best collective effort to date. It may come as a surprise to some, but we feel like we've grown and are starting to find our place with regards to the sound of the band." Seether returns with another workaday outing that rocks like late 2001. Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces is virtually interchangeable with any previous Seether disc, as well as pretty much anything by the likes of Nickelback, Shinedown, and other "post-grunge" rock bands. True, "Fake It" has zeal, and "Rise Above This" may very well provide the soundtrack to late-night, soul-searching sessions for teenagers from Cape Cod to Cape Town. Shaun Morganâ€™s often unnecessarily profane lyrics are another problem. Witness the gauche "FMLYHM," which borrows from lyrical ideas that sounded novel when Trent Reznor sang them in "Closer" more than a decade ago but now just sound juvenile and unnecessarily angry. Same goes for the numbing epic "No Jesus Christ" and the closer, "Waste." Throughout, the band shows a lack of imagination that may ultimately prove fatal. In all, this is cookie-cutter rock that really doesnâ€™t. --Jedd Beaudoin
Guitar greats of two continents, Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Toure, collaborate on this session that crosses cultural boundaries from delta blues to Malian dialects.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: TOURE/COODERTitle: TALKING TIMBUKTUStreet Release Date: 03/29/1994
TALKING TIMBUKTU won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. By the time your average listeners get around to the slow, elemental backbeat of "Ai Du," all of their preconceptions about chickens and eggs, roots and fruits or bluesmen and griots have been blurred and obscured by the enchanting music that makes up TALKING TIMBUKTU. It's all in there: the droning traditional timbres of Mali in Ali Farka Toure's guitar; the deep, mysterious incantations of the Mississippi delta blues in Ry Cooder's slide work; the soulful backwoods moan of "Gatemouth" Brown's viola; the percolating rhythms of Hamma Sankare and Oumar Toure; and the earthy resonant dance of drummer Jim Keltner and bassist John Patitucci. "Ai Du" sums out to something not unlike the blues or West African music... but it's something else again-like some pan-ethnic folk music for the 21st century. That's because TALKING TIMBUKTU is an epic cross-cultural super-session that captures the deepest spirit of music and transports it across ethnic and stylistic boundaries without demeaning the gift-giver or the gift. Ali Farka Toure's blissful melodic lines do not adhere to traditional blues form, but rather suggest a kind of pre-blues music of African origins. On a tune such as "Soukora" Toure pours out his heart to his lover, as he and Cooder playfully circle each other with bell-like chords and ornaments that sound like a curtain of electric pearls, while Toure's more vivid attack on "Amandral" echoes phrases evocative of John Lee Hooker. In truth, TALKING TIMBUKTU resists easy description. It is exquisite, mysterious music.
The most-awarded Gospel Artist of 2005 returns with a live worship experience captured in an amazing 2 nights in Capetown! Alive In South Africa is the inspiring follow-up to the exploding Live From Another Level and takes the musical passion of the genre to a whole new level. Epic. 2005.
In Africa, dance is much more than physical movement-it is a direct way to celebrate life and create healing. African Healing Dance is a step-by-step course on the healing tradition and expressive movements that are unique to Africa's dance heritage. From the movements of nature and everyday life, the tribal people of Africa develop specific dances to summon the energy of the world around them into their bodies for connection and healing. Through dancing they become the bird and the wind, and fire and the serpent. Join Wyoma, the respected lead dancer and director of the Damballa dance troupe, as she teaches you the African way of moving your entire body with passion and joy...symbolic animal and elemental gestures...secrets of hip, torso and shoulder articulations, and much more. Here's the instructional program you need to have a high-energy African dance class at home. Can anyone learn these dances? "If you can talk, you can sing," they say in Zimbabwe, "and if you can walk, you can dance." So get ready to move-and be moved-with African Healing Dance. Learn Six African Dances:, Sowu: The Dance Of Life, from the Ewe Of Ghana., Gbegbe: From the Ivory Coast, a call for vision and strength., Focodoba: A post-initiation basket dance from the Bambara of Guinea., Umoya: A South African dance to draw energy from heaven and earth., Nago: An Afro-Haitian warrior dance to claim your power and domain., Yonwalu: A voudoun invocation to Damballa, the serpent deity., A Healing Journey: Dancing from within.