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In 1974, at the peak 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 the Stadu du Hai in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) as part of the build-up to the Muhammad Ali / George Foreman fight.With performances by Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and an incredible dance demonstration from Roberto Roena ( Which is one of my favorite moments Click Here ) and of course the All-Stars’ which include Johnny Pacheco, Santos Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Ray Barretto and more. Captured on film by director Leon Gast with help from Albert Maysles originally released in 1986. Live In Africa is great film to enjoy with the whole family and an excellent teachable moment to share with younger generations who may not have been exposed to this caliber of musicianship.
If you missed them then, Don’t Miss them now !!
Live in Africa will be shown on Friday September 25 at 8pm at The Dade County Youth Fair Grounds located on Coral Way and 109th Avenue, and has space for 150 cars. Large video screens will be set up in corner areas, and there will also be an outdoor stage for live performances and concerts.
DJ Alex Gutierrez ( ALCAZABA , Mezanotte , Cafe Iguana , 609 ) will perform a Classic Salsa set before the start of the film , showcasing some of the hottest Salsa of the Era.
Drive-In at The Fair showcases classic motion pictures and family-friendly movies, live performances, events, concerts and theater, all at a social distance that allows visitors to enjoy al fresco entertainment from the safety of their cars.
You can pre-order food for delivery to your car. The menu includes traditional movie concession options like hot dogs, popcorn and nachos with cheese among many others. Prices range from $2-$6.
Movies are showing Fridays through Sundays at varying times. Tickets are $11 person, but admission is free for kids 15 and younger. Click here to see movie titles and showtimes.