The events that unfolded in Kinshasa sent reverberations around the world. Everyone knew of Rumble. Everyone now knew of Zaire. The festivities leading up to the main event were unprecedented. The culture. The colours. The music - fronted by a headline performance from James Brown.
45 years later, people still speak of this event in almost mythical proportions.
Rumble was more than a fight. What happened there spread far beyond the perimeter of the canvas. It was a fantasy matchup intertwined with a cultural event. The world’s imagination was peaked, and for a brief moment Kinshasa, Zaire was the centre of the Universe.