PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland

What exactly Ray Phiri was unhappy about and who was responsible for the conflict. (Image: Sound Africa)

What exactly Ray Phiri was unhappy about and who was responsible for the conflict. (Image: Sound Africa)

In 1985, South African music legend Ray Phiri collaborated with a number of other South African artists on Paul Simon’s legendary Graceland album. 

From the beginning, the recording of the album was mired in controversy. But, it was not until almost 30 years later that Ray Phiri revealed he felt had been cheated of his royalties and composer rights by Paul Simon and that there was bad blood between them. 

In this Sound Africa podcast Lungile Sojini revisits the story of the Graceland album. He tries to find out, what exactly Ray Phiri was unhappy about and who was responsible for the conflict.

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​Rasmus Bitsch

​Rasmus Bitsch

Rasmus Bitsch is a co-founder and Editor of Sound Africa. He is a journalist and writer dedicated to developing and promoting creative non-fiction radio and podcast in South Africa. 
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    Sound Africa is the first South African podcast platform that makes creative non-fiction documentaries. We believe in the transformative power of stories and have made it our mission to create narratives that reflect the complexities of South African life. We are a non-profit organisation that also helps new voices tell stories that live on after the tape has run out.
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