While Graceland is undeniably one of the most widely accepted albums of the 20th century, it's not only the powerful rhythms, vocals, and funk music that made it the pop gem it is today - it was also the legacy of apartheid and the 'political storm' that threatened to tear it down. Under African Skies channels that story through international 'pop' critics and fans, documenting the unease that Graceland inhabitied at the beginning, capturing that perfect mix where all the tensions rise to a perfect boiling point where the human spirit 'bubbles' over with an unbridled enthusiasm to invoke individualism and freedom instead of rage and resentful attitudes. While the sacrifices Paul Simon's South African counterparts have to endure once they fully commit to the project isn't as detailed as I would have liked, the musicians still speak with a generous tone and a heart full of stories that are stolidly vivid and relevant in their minds and bodies today as they were yesterday. Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, and a whole arsenal of the best South African musicians you'd never know lend their commentary and paint the reality, controversy, and metaphysical HAPPINESS they carried with them while recording and touring on this off-the-charts album experience. Highly Recommended.