Live in Africa

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
1974 was a landmark year for the Fania All-Stars. Not only had the band performed its massive Live at Yankee Stadium concert, but they also played to sold-out crowds in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. Their biggest crowd, however, was in Zaire now the Democratic Republic of Congo in front of 80,000 fans as part of the music festival that preceded the legendary Muhammad Ali/George Foreman fight, Rumble in the Jungle. Other performers included Bill Withers, B.B. King, the Crusaders, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, the Pointer Sisters, the Spinners, and Sister Sledge. This DVD/CD package documents the Fania All-Stars arrival, performance, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
1974 was a landmark year for the Fania All-Stars. Not only had the band performed its massive Live at Yankee Stadium concert, but they also played to sold-out crowds in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. Their biggest crowd, however, was in Zaire now the Democratic Republic of Congo in front of 80,000 fans as part of the music festival that preceded the legendary Muhammad Ali/George Foreman fight, Rumble in the Jungle. Other performers included Bill Withers, B.B. King, the Crusaders, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, the Pointer Sisters, the Spinners, and Sister Sledge. This DVD/CD package documents the Fania All-Stars arrival, performance, and interaction with the music fans of Zaire -- where they had reached phenomenal chart success. The Leon Gast-directed original film wasn't released until 1986. This package provides a very fine remastering of that film on DVD, with a CD companion piece. The DVD is the selling point because as a film, it's fascinating and integral in capturing the group at the height of their powers. It documents the entire performance featuring Celia Cruz, Jorge Santana, Yomo Toro, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentín, Héctor Lavoe, Santo Colon, Ismael Quintana, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Pupi Legarreta, and Joseíto Fernandez, to name a few. The transfer is the same one released by Código Music in 2011. The difference in the packaging is, of course, the addition of the CD which was also previously released everywhere but the United States. Rather than contain the film's soundtrack -- since it would have to be cut to fit -- the disc is, rather bizarrely, the soundtrack to the bonus footage in the film, plus three musical performances by the Fania All-Stars from the show. This isn't a complaint per se, since it does contain a great Congo Tribal song, a jam in the Ivory Market, and one at the Kinshasa airport, and the three concert performances, including the lengthy "Descarga Fania All Stars," with Cruz improvising, "Guantanamera," and the inimitable "Ponte Duro." There's even a brief performance of a traditional song by Lavoe and Quintana. The CD is not essential if you already own the DVD, but given the price tag, Live in Africa as a package is a nice addition and stands up as an individual listen. The film, however, is indispensable for any fan of the Fania All-Stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395097535
  • Catalog Number: 97532
  • Sales rank: 64,695

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quimbara
  2. 2 Guantanamera
  3. 3 En Orbita
  4. 4 El Ratón
  5. 5 Mi Gente
  6. 6 Guantanamera
  7. 7 Ponte Duro
  8. 8 Fania Theme
  9. 9 [Untitled]
Disc 2
  1. 1 Traditional Congo Tribal Song (1:05)
  2. 2 Descarga Fanial All Stars In Africa (7:38)
  3. 3 Kinshasha Airport Arrival Jam (2:51)
  4. 4 Rehearsal of New Material (5:38)
  5. 5 Guantanamera (4:53)
  6. 6 African Drums (0:13)
  7. 7 Ivory Market Jam (1:56)
  8. 8 Pacheco Signs Autographs (1:40)
  9. 9 Héctor Lavoe & Ismael Quintana Traditional (1:11)
  10. 10 Pupi Warms Up (1:47)
  11. 11 Ponte Duro (8:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fania All-Stars Primary Artist
Ray Barretto Conga
Larry Harlow Piano
Johnny Pacheco Flute, Musical Direction
Bobby Valentín Bass
Yomo Toro cuatro
Jorge Santana Guest Appearance
Cheo Feliciano Vocals, Guest Appearance
Celia Cruz Guest Appearance
Ismael Miranda Vocals, Guest Appearance
Héctor Lavoe Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ed Byrne Trombone
Santos Colon Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ismael Quintana Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lewis Kahn Trombone, Violin
Nicky Marrero Timbales
Luis "Perico" Ortíz Trumpet
Victor Paz Trumpet
Roberto Roena Bongos
Pupi Legarreta Violin
Ray Maldonado Trumpet
Curt Rano Trumpet
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Ray Barretto Composer
Larry Harlow Producer
Johnny Pacheco Composer
Héctor Lavoe Composer
Jon Fausty Engineer
Ismael Quintana Composer
Jerry Masucci Producer
José Martí Composer
José Fernández Diaz Composer
Julian Orbon Composer
John Child Liner Notes
Bonghat Tshekabu Composer
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