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Paul Simon on Graceland's 25th anniversary

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It is 25 years since Paul Simon released Graceland, an album inspired by the music of Southern Africa which has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

But the fact that Paul Simon went to South Africa to record with local musicians at the height of apartheid caused some controversy.

He told the BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones that he was aware of a boycott on performing with South African musicians but "didn't feel like double checking" on the implications of recording with them, because he wanted to go "where the music was".

When asked if he would record with his former musical partner Art Garfunkel again, he replied that he "would just as soon not go back and visit the past".


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