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Paul Simon Bringing Graceland Musicians To London Festival

Paul Simon Bringing Graceland Musicians To London Festival

Paul Simon will commemorate the 25th anniversary of his album Graceland with a show at this summer's Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park.

In 1987 Simon created a stir in the U.K. when he brought several South African musicians to Royal Albert Hall for a six concert stand. Several argued that he had effectively broken the African National Congress' (the Nelson Mandela led party) cultural boycott of apartheid-era South Africa.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other regional musicians who appeared on the album, and at the 1987 concerts, have been rumored to appear at the Hard Rock Calling show.

"I still believe he was wrong to go there and contravene the boycott, but that's in the past. It's the time not to forgive and forget, but to remember and forgive," said Jerry Dammers, musician and one of Simon's erstwhile protestors.

by RTT Staff Writer

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