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Various Artists: Zaire 74: The African Artists — ‘faultless recording’

Around the fringes of Ali and Foreman’s Rumble in the Jungle was a three-day music festival mixing North and South American and African artists.

The Americans showed up in the documentary When We Were Kings, as did a few seconds of Miriam Makeba, but this 2-CD set is the first hearing for the Zairean musicians.

The faultless recording includes soukous and rumba stars Tabu Ley Rocherau and Franco on top form, plus local heroes Abuma Maskini and Abeti.

There is also Makeba’s whole set and, in the background, thousands of Zaireans chanting “Ali, boma yé”.