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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

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


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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

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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

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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

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