África Brasil

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África Brasil
JBenÁfricaBrasil .jpg
Studio album by Jorge Ben
Released 1976
Label Philips
Producer Marco Mazzola
Jorge Ben chronology
Gil e Jorge
África Brasil
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

África Brasil is a 1976 release by Brazilian artist Jorge Ben Jor. For this album, Ben rearranged 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 is marked by its funkiness and its mix of Brazilian, African, and American musical styles, and it is one of Ben's best-known recordings.[2]

Opening track "Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)", a song about an African striker, became a well known football-associated track.[3][4] It was included on David Byrne's 1989 compilation Brazil Classics Beleza Tropical, prompting rotation of a video for the track on VH-1.[5][6] In 1991 Ambitious Lovers released a cover version on 12-inch single that became a dance hit.[6] A version by Soulfly was released in 1998 as a single. The original version of the track was used in the documentary film Di/Glauber.[7]

British rock singer Rod Stewart used a melody from "Taj Mahal" in his hit song "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?". Ben filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Stewart, the upshot of which was Stewart's agreement to donate his royalties from the song to UNICEF.[8]

It was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 100 best Brazilian albums in history.[9]

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die as well as Tom Moon's collection 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jorge Ben

  1. "Ponta de Lança Africano (Umbabarauma)" – 3:52
  2. "Hermes Trismegisto Escreveu" – 3:02
  3. "O Filósofo" – 3:27
  4. "Meus Filhos, Meu Tesouro" – 3:53
  5. "O Plebeu" – 3:07
  6. "Taj Mahal" – 3:09
  7. "Xica da Silva" – 4:05
  8. "A História de Jorge" – 3:49
  9. "Camisa 10 da Gávea" – 4:04
  10. "Cavaleiro do Cavalo Imaculado" – 4:46
  11. "África Brasil (Zumbi)" – 3:47


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/frica-brasil-r661122
  3. ^ Sullivan, Steve (2013) Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 978-0810882959, p. 866
  4. ^ Kuhn, Gabriel (2011) Soccer vs. the State Tackling Football and Radical Politics, PM Press, ISBN 978-1604860535, 245
  5. ^ McGowan, Chris & Pessanha, Ricardo (1991) The Brazilian Sound: Samba, Bossa Nova, and the Popular Music of Brazil, Billboard Books, ISBN 978-0823076734, p. 97
  6. ^ a b Lannert, John (1994) "Jorge Ben Jor, WEA Turn Efforts to U.S.", Billboard, 21 May 1994, p. 1, 75
  7. ^ Pinazza, Natália & Bayman, Louis (2013) Directory of World Cinema: Brazil, Intellect, ISBN 978-1783200092, p. 195
  8. ^ "Brazil's alchemist of funkTropical superstar Jorge Ben Jor brings the funk to Germany". Expatica Germany. 2004-07-22. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  9. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da música brasileira" (in Portuguese). Umas Linhas. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2009-04-20.