“Paul Simon’s historic Graceland album sold millions of copies and united cultures, yet divided world opinion on the boundaries of art, politics, and commerce. On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Graceland’s release, Simon returned to South Africa for a reunion concert that unearthed the turbulent birth of the album… With the compelling perceptions of antiapartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, Under African Skies is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society.”—Sundance Film Festival
WITH LIVE MUSIC on the Vickie Soulier Stage Before the Show
The Great Amikaeyla Gaston and Her African Musical Ensemble
Proclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices” by National Public Radio (NPR), powerhouse Amikaeyla embraces many types of music and is a force for change. Winner of twelve WAMMY Awards for Best Jazz, World, and Urban Contemporary Vocalist, MTV says “her sultry sound is like listening to velvet waterfalls, and her soulful flavor captures the listener with dynamic passion and sincerity.” She sings worldwide with many accomplished speakers and musicians including Angela Davis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Wyclef, Gil Scot Heron, Sheila E, and Esperanza Spalding.
As the Founder and Executive Director of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI), Amikaeyla serves as a Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department. She is also a nuanced thought-leader, author, public speaker, and performer, and appears internationally on Television, Radio, and Film with appearances on PBS, HBO and in the Sundance Film Festival. Amikaeyla is the proud recipient of the United Nations Global Woman Award, the Voss Foundation Emerging Women Leaders Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy, and the International Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award.