From 1986 Paul Simon’s seventh studio album ‘Graceland’ brought the styings of Zydeco, South Africa and some smart pop to the charts and is his most successful solo album.
He faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. Following its completion, Simon toured alongside South African musicians, combining their music and the music of Graceland.
Bringing the act Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the wider world, tracks such as Homeless and Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes featured the acclaimed vocal group, couple with videos featuring cut out animations (The Boy In The Bubble) and Chevy Chase (You Can Call Me Al) the album was a smash hit.
The album cover featured an Ethiopian Christian icon from the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum dating to around 1500, here rendered in felt tip pen.