Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
James Brown
Muhammad Ali
Don King
Bill Withers
B B King.
Directors
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte.
Screenwriters
Running Time
93 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker
4 Star Empire Rating
Cupcakes
3 Star Empire Rating
You & Me Forever
4 Star Empire Rating
Looking For Light: Jane Brown
3 Star Empire Rating
Informant, The
2 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Rebel Without A Cause
5 Star Empire Rating
Calvary
5 Star Empire Rating
Wake In Fright
5 Star Empire Rating
Stranger By The Lake
5 Star Empire Rating
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
5 Star Empire Rating

Soul Power
Black Music festival from 1974 punches above its weight.


submit to reddit


Plot
The long-awaited documentary about the Zaire '74 music festival.


Review
Soul Power
Weeks before Muhammad Ali faced George Foreman in Zaire, Hugh Masekela and producer Stewart Levine put on a music event as thrilling as the Rumble In The Jungle itself.

While the fight was captured in When We Were Kings, it’s taken until now for the Zaire ’74 festival to come to light. With many of the same protagonists and the kind of access impossible to recreate today, it’s an edifying glimpse at a moment in black history when the world really was looking on. This, plus amazing footage of Bill Withers’ working of Hope She’ll Be Happier to Ali sparring in the ring with a terrified member of The Spinners, makes Soul Power spark with life.


Verdict
A real treat for fans of Ali and music alike.


Reviewed by Phil Wilding

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Soul Power
Empire Star Rating

SOUL POWER @ IN-EDIT Film Festival Barcelona 2009

“SOUL POWER” Director Jeffrey Levy Hinte 2009 September 1974, in Kinhasa, Zaire one of the most important events in African / American musical history took place. A three day festival featuring the cream of the USA’s soul, funk and latin music scene, alongside some of Africa’s finest artists. It was timed to coincide with the epic boxing match between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman. The fight was the main focus of the award winning documentary “When We Were Ki... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Roger C at 14:44, 28 November 2010 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277736/]Soul Powerreceding The Rumble in The Jungle, the boxing matcht between Ali and Foreman, there`s gonna be a 3 day-music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire where the best African-American artists of soul music go back home (as they themselves call it) to performe together with famous African artists. Back to the roots. The clash between cultures and arfts, beautifully shot and edited. We see how the organistation of the festival suffers from logistic problems but hav... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by TheGodfather at 22:59, 30 December 2009 | Report This Post


Re: Soul Power

ttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1277736/]-edit- ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by TheGodfather at 22:59, 30 December 2009 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)