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Celia Cruz & Fania All Stars in Kinshasa (1974)

See James Brown or Tabu Ley Rochereau too!

From the Zaire 74 music festival that should have accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco doing a sound check in Kinshasa in 1974. This was the Fania All Stars rehearsal for their performance.

Soul Power - Kinshasa Zaire 74
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Electro (House, EDM...) Old African Music

Zazou Bikaye – Nostalgie

From Zazou Bikaye’s album reissue “Mr Manager”.

Following the acclaimed 2017 vinyl reissue of the Noir et Blanc album, we’re excited to present a special edition of Zazou Bikaye’s second record, Mr. Manager, which only ever came out on vinyl, in 1985. This edition comprises nine additional tracks, including six previously-unreleased recordings, and three which were only included on limited-edition singles.

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Electro (House, EDM...) Old African Music

Zazou Bikaye + Cy1 – Lamuka (1983)

“In the early ‘80s, Zazou released Noir et Blanc (Black and White) and despite its chaotic development and the fact that he didn’t play a single note, it was among his finest achievements. Everything stemmed from Zazou’s introduction of CY1 (two Frenchmen adept with electronics, Claude Micheli and Guillaume Loizillon) to Congolese singer Bony Bikaye. As a journalist, Zazou was well aware of the pop music coming from Africa at the time. So while the debate raged among the New Wave pretty boys about whether it made more sense to sing in French or English, here was an album in Lingala and Swahili.”

More info: http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2015/11/hector-zazou-feature