Zaire ’74 Live!

I wish I was of party-going age in 1974. That was the year of the famed Ali–Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Kinshasa. In anticipation of the fight, a mega-concert was held in the city featuring musicians from the US and Africa, mostly from the Congo.

I saw snippets of the concert in two documentaries: When We Were Kings (about the fight) and Soul Power (about the American musicians, mostly). If you’re anything like me, you would have been eager to see extended clips of OK Jazz and others.

I’m hoping that that film is in the works, but in the meantime, the live recordings are now available in the recently released album, “Zaire ’74: The African Artists.” Among the musicians featured are OK Jazz and Tabu Ley’s Afrisa, featured previously on Cavacha Express!, as well as Congolese female singer Abeti. Visit the Archives of African American Music and Culture’s Black Grooves blog to learn more and listen to tracks!


Congolese Divas LIVE this Wednesday, April 8

I have very few songs by women in my Congolese collection, but Episode 6 will feature some of my favorites, including the Congo’s superstar diva, M’Bilia Bel!

M'Bilia Bel, Congolese music diva!

M’Bilia Bel, Congolese music diva!

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube.


Kimi K.