Jorge Ben – África Brasil (1976)
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Made in South America Artist #1: Astrud Gilberto
Made in South America Artist #2: Bebel Gilberto
Made in South America Artist #3: Elis Regina
Made in South America Artist #4: Sepultura
Made in South America Artist #5: Astor Piazzolla
Made in South America Artist #6: Caetano Veloso
Made in South America Artist #7: Suba
Made in South America Artist #8: Jorge Ben Jor
How’s this for the global reach of music?
a. Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor records an album in 1976 named África Brasil
b. The album features a fantastically funky midpoint track, Taj Mahal, presumably referencing the UNESCO World Heritage Site in India
c. British musician Rod Stewart unintentionally plagarizes Taj Mahal a few years later when he records Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? The settlement? All royalties from Stewart’s song are donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
d. Robert Dimery (birthplace unknown after a few google searches, hopefully Australia for narrative enhancement!) edits the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The book features a preface by American artist Michael Lydon and includes this Jorge Ben album among the titular 1001.
e. Canadian Geoff Stephen writes this post, 40 years after the initial release of África Brasil.
I’m unlikely to ever actually physically visit Africa or Brazil.
With a seemingly infinite number of places that would be nice to visit and an unequivocally finite amount of time & money available, an African &/or Brazilian expedition is probably not in the cards.
However, I’m quite pleased to have lived vicariously through Jorge Ben and his upbeat recording, África Brasil.
So even if I won’t ever physically visit either place, of all the albums I’ve discovered through this month’s South American musical adventure, África Brasil is the one I’m most likely to musically revisit.