Rumble in da jungle
In the place where Ali and Foreman made history
In the place where the colonial lost
For anyone who believes the battle is over
Rumble, young man, rumble
Forty years ago to the day, the most famous boxing match in history took place in Kinshasa. The spectacular sporting feats of Mohammed Ali, who was originally believed to have no chance against the younger world champion George Foreman, were not the only memorable thing about this so-called ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. The fight also had strong symbolic connotations in the post-colonial Zaire of Mobutu Sésé Seko.
The Antwerp-based theatre company SINCOLLECTIEF, eight slam poets and the fourteen-man band B.U.R.K.A. have taken this historic duel as their starting point for a swirling combination of boxing match, play and concert!
The Antwerp Arenbergschouwburg proved to be too small for the première of their Rumble in da jungle during the 2013 Mestizo Arts Festival.
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