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Smile, It's Your Close Up 2: Fania All-Stars


  • Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

Fania All-Stars: Live In Africa

Leon Gast, 1974, 92 min.

Leon Gast, 1974, 92 min.

In 1974, during the heyday 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. Featuring exquisite performances by Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and the All Stars' many other virtuoso players and vocalists, the concert was captured on film by director Leon Gast with help from Albert Maysles. Live In Africa offers a glimpse into a particularly soulful moment in the history of Latin music and serves as a key document of the influence of New York City’s diasporic, polyglot cultures on the world.

Conversation to follow, speakers to be announced.

Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

Co-presented by Fania
Fania forever transformed the landscape and the soul of music within the latin community and throughout the world with over 50 years of evolution, Fania continues to influence and inspire musicians and fans across all genres through music, video, experiential events, and much more.


Smile, It’s Your Close Up 2: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission.
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