The Cuban Cultural Center of New York is happy to partner with the Museum of the City of New York for the screening of Live In Africa.
In 1974, during the heyday of New York City’s salsa explosion, the Fania All-Stars, a group that brought together several of the Fania record label’s most popular artists, were invited to perform in front of 80,000 people at a stadium in Zaire, Africa. Featuring exquisite performances by Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and the All-Stars’ many other virtuoso players and vocalists, the concert was captured on film by director Leon Gast with help from Albert Maysles. Live In Africa (92 min, 1974) offers a glimpse into a particularly soulful moment in the history of Latin music and serves as a key document of the influence of New York City’s diasporic, polyglot cultures on the world.
A conversation to follow with Academy Award-winning director Leon Gast and musician and journalist Aurora Flores, the first female music correspondent for Billboard Magazine.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave. (bet. 103rd &104th Sts.), NYC
Register online at mcny.org/smile
CCCNY Members: Use code SMILE for $10 tickets (regularly $15)
Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.
Organized and sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York.