The classic record was originally released in 1986. It was inspired by the musician’s trip to Johannesburg, and was controversial at the time because it was seen to break the cultural boycott on South Africa due to the country’s then apartheid.
Now, ‘Graceland’ is to be remixed track-by-track by some big names in the electronic arena. Paul Oakenfold, Groove Armada, Thievery Corporation, and more are set to contribute to the project, of which five songs have already been released.
The tracklist for ‘Graceland – The Remixes’ is as follows:
‘Homeless’ (Joris Voorn Final Remix)
‘Gumboots’ (Joyce Muniz Remix)
‘I Know What I Know’ (Sharam’s Motherland Mix)
‘Crazy Love, Vol. II’ (Paul Oakenfold Extended Remix)
‘The Boys In The Bubble’ (Richy Ahmed Remix)
‘You Can Call Me Al’ (Groove Armada Dub Redemption)
‘Under African Skies’ (Rich Pinder/Djoko Vocal Mix)
‘Graceland’ (MK’s KC Lights Remix)
‘That Was Your Mother’ (Gui Boratto Remix)
‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’ (Thievery Corporation Remix)
‘All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints’ (Photek Remix)
‘Homeless’ (Joris Voorn Kitchen Table Mix / The Duke Of New York’s Edit)
Simon recently announced that he is retiring from touring. “It’s an act of courage to let go,” he said in a statement. “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end.
“Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”
Simon will bring his last tour, ‘Homeward Bound’, to the UK and Europe this summer. The UK portion of the run begins in Manchester on July 10. Tickets are available here.