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The Spinners – Photo of The Week

The Spinners – Photo of The Week

Besides “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing championship taking place in Zaire, another event is happening as well. Equally important, is the “Zaire 74″ music festival that is a part of the festivities. With performers including the likes of James Brown, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, B.B. King, Celia Cruz and more!  It’s a three-day live music festival that takes place on September 22 to 24, 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire.  With thirty-one performing groups, 17 from Zaire and 14 from overseas make up the line-up. Furthermore, ‘The Spinners” get an invitation to perform at “Zaire 74”.

Zaire 74 – Music Festival

While there’s a delay with the Rumble that plays out later that autumn, a promotional event still goes on. Becoming Zaire 74,  A music festival where America’s greatest black artists playing alongside Africa’s leading talent. Performing live from the show is where this photo is taken.

Soul Power  – The Documentary

Releasing in 2008, Soul Power is a documentary about the Zaire 74′ music festival in Kinshasa.  Which showcases mostly the musical performances with behind the scenes look at the artists. Additionally, the bonus features includes the jam sessions, interviews, the festival set up and more. 

The Spinners Performance

As for “The Spinners” performance, 70s soul doesn’t get much better than this! Adding to the mix of James Brown, Celia Cruz, Bill Withers and B.B. King.  Even better is some of the funny moments for example where Philippe Wynne from The Spinners play boxing with Ali. Along with a comparison of New York City with Kinshasa with Ali calling NYC the “real” jungle. 

For any of the performers, this had to be an amazing project to be a part of. While there are more artists that we could highlight, we chose “The Spinners” because they’re still performing to this day. Ok, at least in some aspect, the band is keeping their legacy alive throughout the years! Enjoy! Afterthought, why is the audience so calm? At least the band is throwing down some grooves!

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