Sioen traveled to Soweto in 2007 for Oxfam, looking for local musical talent. The result: an overwhelming intercultural blend of styles and rhythms; exactly what Paul Simon had in mind more than thirty years ago with his imaginative project, which gave African music a face worldwide.
Sioen’s Graceland revival is a worthy tribute to the qualities of Paul Simon. The same goes for the collection of talent that he brought together for this, including backing vocals from Soweto and percussionist N’Faly Kouyaté from Guinea, known from the Afro Celt Sound System. Now on tour through the Netherlands with the great songs of Graceland, such as “You can call me All”, “Diamonds on the soles of her shoes” and “Under African skies”. Graceland has been reborn in an impressive way!