Thursday, June 17, 2010
Zaire 74 was a three day festival that was held in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). It was originally meant as a build up to the Muhammed Ali versus George Foreman fight known as the Rumble in the Jungle. When Foreman was forced to postpone the fight due to an injury the event almost didn't happen. Most international visitors cancelled their tickets but the concert went ahead as a promotion of goodwill between African Americans and Africans. All in all 31 performer played including James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, The Spinners, Miriam Makeba, TPOK Jazz, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Cecelia Cruz. The festival was documented in Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary Soul Power.