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'Rumble in the Jungle' Anniversary to be Celebrated in Louisville and Africa

Muhammad Ali is renewing his ties with the African country where he won his epic "Rumble in the Jungle" fight  40 years ago.        

The Muhammad Ali Center has announced plans for a Sept. 20 benefit concert marking the anniversary of the bout.  The show will feature Grammy winning singer Bruno Mars.The concert will be in Ali's hometown of Louisville and will air via satellite in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, as part of a week-long music, sporting and cultural festival called CONGO14.Another concert, in the DRC, will take place in the same stadium where Ali defeated Foreman to reclaim the heavyweight boxing title.     The headliner for the show will be announced later.Ali says in a news release that he hopes CONGO14 will support growth and harmony in the African country and beyond.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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