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
Allmusic4.5/5 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.

It was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 100 best Brazilian albums in history.[8]

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. ^ https://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. ^ "Os 100 maiores discos da música brasileira" (in Portuguese). Umas Linhas. 2007-12-20. Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2009-04-20.