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‘Under African Skies’ screening, Q&A with Paul Simon bassist Bakithi Kumalo set for Feb. 4 at Peconic Landing

Bakithi Kumalo Photo: Lenny Stucker, courtesy East End Arts

“Under African Skies,” a documentary chronicling singer Paul Simon’s return to South Africa to explore the journey of creating his award-winning “Graceland” album, will be screened at the Peconic Landing Community Center in Greenport on Feb. 4.

Following the screening, South African bassist, composer and vocalist Bakithi Kumalo, who worked with Paul Simon on the Graceland album ad is featured in the film, will take questions from the audience.

Kumalo is currently the artist in residence at East End Arts, which is collaborating with Peconic Landing on the presentation.

“Kumalo offers us a new dimension to international understanding through music,” East End Arts executive director Patricia Snyder said.

He has worked with a wide variety of artists in addition to Simon, including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte and Cyndi Lauper.

During his residency, which continues through Feb. 11, Kumalo will also offer a workshop for professional musicians on Jan. 25,  and will serve as the mentor for East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship program.

For more information, visit the East End Arts website.

Peconic Landing Community Center Auditorium is located at 1500 Brecknock Rd., Greenport. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Feb.4 and registration is appreciated.