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Fania All Stars Live In Africa DVD
DVD (Fania Codigo 5097009), Released 1974; Re-Issued 2011
Produced by Leon Gast
Editor's Pick:
This was filmed and recorded in Zaire. The greatest challenge (according to the original pre-DVD video box notes) for the Fania All Stars was their African tour since the music's roots are African rhythms that were cultivated in the Caribbean islands and further developed in New York. The music had now come full circle, and the African people responded with an incredible emotional fervor. Pacheco, Lavoe, and, of course, Celia Cruz are great. However, the scene with Roberto Roena dancing is alone worth the price of this DVD. 54 minutes.
In 1974, the Godmother of Salsa, Celia Cruz was invited to perform in front of 80, 000 black fans in Kinshasa, Zaire. The three day festival and one of the greatest fights of the century between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali were a celebration of black sports and music. Celia Cruz appears with the Fania All Stars led by Johnny Pacheco. Also featured is the incredible rhythm section of Ray Baretto. This inspired concert was shot by Academy Award winner Leon Gast.
A vintage performance by Celia Cruz & the Fania All Stars from mid-’70s Zaire – part of a 3-day festival celebrating sports and entertaiment in the African country, surrounding the classic “Rumble In The Jungle” fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali! The concert was done before an amazing 80,000 people – finding the group feverishly performing classics such as “Kymbala,” “Guantanemera,” “El Raton,” “Mi Gente,” “Ponte Duro,” and more. All Stars include Johnny Pacheco, Santos Colón, Cheo Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Ray Barretto and more. 54 minutes of Fania bliss! First time available on DVD! (BP, 2011-07-15)
With Jorge Santana, Cheo Feliciano, Fania All Stars, Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Ray Barretto, Santos Colon, Lewis Kahn, Pupy Legarreta, Nicky Marrero, Louis "Perico" Ortis, Johnny Pacheco, Victor Paz, Ismael Quintana, Roberto Roena, Yomo Toro, Bobby Valentin... Others.
Song titles include:
En Orbita
El Raton
Mi Gente
Ponte Duro
The Fania Theme
Category: Dvd => Performance
Shipping Value: 2
ORDER TL-24381.20 DVD $16.98


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