Watch Bosco Delrey Cover Paul Simon’s “I Know What I Know” (Stereogum Premiere)
Paul Simon’s classic Graceland is getting the 25th anniversary treatment with a new box set, documentary, and tour which will find the iconic songwriter reuniting with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In the Joe Berlinger-directed doc, Under African Skies, Simon revisits the controversy surrounding his collaboration with South African musicians at the time of a cultural boycott against the apartheid-ruled nation and reunites with the musicians from the album sessions for a private concert. It’s a fascinating look at the genesis of one of the greatest albums of all time and comes as part of that deluxe box set, along with demos, live cuts, photo book, and a replica of Simon’s original lyrics. (You can order it here.) Of course Graceland was not only pivotal for Simon’s career; its eclectic sound (mining mbaqanga, folk-pop, zydeco, and more) influenced a generation of indie rockers like Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, and Givers, who recently covered “That Was Your Mother.” Today we’ve got another performance of a song from Graceland, a take on “I Know What I Know” by Mad Decent artist Bosco Del Rey. Watch the video below…
And here’s a trailer for Under African Skies:
Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition is out now via Sony Legacy.