Paul Simon went to Brazil to work on this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/22/10

In his music special, Simon talks about how he went to Brazil because it was a way to get African drums with the influence of the African diaspora that had come into the American continent through the slave trade, and because he felt that Brazilian percussionists were some of the best in the world.



Rrythm | Reviewer: E.Ensinck | 12/11/07

The rhythem you hear is performed by Olodum, one of the best samba-reggae groups in Brasil. The rhythem is pure Brasilian. But as many rhythems of Brasil (Maracatu, Samba, Afoxe and other stuff) all originate from the rhythems the slaves brought to Brazil and wich mixed up with the Portuguese and Spanish music wich was brought by the slave-drivers.

E. Ensinck, The Netherlands



Brazilian | Reviewer: somewhere in Trondheim | 11/12/07

If you watch the clip of the concert in Central Park, he thanks the drummers in Brazilian (Portugese). They are Brazilian and so is the rhythm, with the obvious influence from Africa.

Lots of mistakes in the lyrics...



Bam! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/18/07

Paul Simon has a lot of influences. Yes he likes to take on a certain ethnic feel to each song, but can we just agree that this is a great song?

P.S. Brazilian rhythm is greatly influenced by their people's roots in Africa.



one of the greatest songs of Paul Simon | Reviewer: René Post | 8/3/07

Close your eyes, hear this song and you are in Africa. No Brazilion rhythms as mentioned above, but african sound. Indeed the live-version in Central Park is great, unfortunattly not available on DVD (strange though, it is on video, so please put it on DVD ....)

Oh, i want to go back to Africa.

Rene, The Netherlands



Percussion | Reviewer: Bill Graves | 7/25/07

The real strength of this song is the percussion, especially the solo at the end. Unbelievable stuff!! South American rhythms rock!



Fantastic song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/9/07

This is an excellent song and a good example of American pop music and Brazilian rhythms merging to become something greater than the sum of their parts. Check out the live version in Central Park, it's inspiring to see all of the live drummers and the pure energy that they exude.