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Film: Graceland's 25th Anniversary

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Paul Simon's Graceland (1986) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Under African Skiesa Joe Berlinger-directed documentary which follows Simon on a 2011 trip to South Africa where he reconnects with the musicians he worked with on the seminal LP and meets with activists who accused him of breaking the UN anti-apartheid boycott for recording the album in SA.

The film reveals how an Accordion Jive Hits tape from the Boyoyo Boys lead Simon to "African music" and explores the songwriting influence of collaborators Ladysmith Black Mambazo and album musicians Vusi Kumalo & Ray Phiri ( as you may know, Simon's had some controversy regarding songwriting credits on the LP). Interviews also include David Byrne, Oprah Winfrey, and Vampire Weekend.

Beyond its turbulent birth, it's tough to deny the gem that is Graceland. Watch a trailer for Under African Skies above.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.