Ben, Jorge: Africa Brazil LP

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África Brasil is a 1976 release by Brazilian artist Jorge Ben, recording at the time as Jorge Ben. It was Ben’s 14th studio album. África Brasil represented a milestone in Ben’s career with Ben’s switch to electric guitar and incorporation of both Afro-Brazilian and African-American pop music styles into his sound. Known for its funkiness, África Brasil is one of Ben’s best-known recordings.

For África Brasil, Ben reworked three of his earlier compositions: “A Princesa e o Plebeu” from Sacundin Ben Samba, “Taj Mahal” from Ben, and “Zumbi” from A Tábua de Esmeralda. The album’s opening track “Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)”, a song about an African football striker, became a well known soccer-associated track.

It was later included on David Byrne’s 1989 compilation Brazil Classics Beleza Tropical, prompting rotation of a video for the track on VH-1.

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