Soul Power

Soul Power

DVD - 2010
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In 1974 the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Southern Africa for a 12-hour, three-night concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The music festival became a reality when Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with the 'Rumble in the Jungle,' the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

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ba_library
Jan 30, 2017

Great documentary about the "Rumble in the Jungle" the fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire. It had a three day music festival which included: B.B. King, The Spinners, Bill Withers, James Brown, Celia Cruz and others. The music doesn't start until 30 minutes into the DVD - lots of stuff about it getting set up and some shots of Zaire and local Africans. This was promoted as a blackness festival celebrating music and athletics from Africa. Lovely to see Ali, young and in his prime - there is a short segment were he proclaims; "God has made me bigger than all athletes, bigger than all entertainers." The DVD needed some captions identifying the entertainers (especially the African entertainers) as they performed but there is a film credit at the end identifying the performers. Good DVD, great music. I believe Black History Month is February, so watch it and enjoy it!

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lukasevansherman
May 17, 2016

A good documentary that could've been great and so is a little frustrating. In 1974, Zaire hosted the Rumble in the Jungle, a hyped boxing match that pitted Muhammed Ali against George Foreman. There's already a documentary about the fight, the galvanizing "When We Were Kings." This is about the concert that was put on at the same time and featured James Brown, Bill Withers, the Spinners, Celia Cruz, and Miriam Meekba, among others. Brown is the undisputed star and I wish they'd featured more of his songs. The documentary wastes way too much time with the preparation for the concert and doesn't get to the music quickly enough, which is why it's not as good as it could've been. I'd also suggest "Wattstax," "Get on Up" (James Brown biopic), and "Only the Strong Survive."

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 04, 2015

Pretty enjoyable overall.

James Brown (GFOS) is very entertaining in this concert with great dance moves.

Fun seeing salsa queen Celia Cruz as a younger woman in this 1974 concert in Zaire.

Larry Carlton playing guitar with the Crusaders was fun, too.

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RainbowRabbit
Sep 18, 2014

This is worth it for the few songs by the Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown, at the peak of his powers. You can see that he is admired by all. Yet he seems to take it in his stride and acts humbly, knowing that his gift is music, and apart from that, he acts with humility.

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RonNasty64
Jul 29, 2014

Great film, with lots of back stage footage. I enjoyed seeing Muhammad Ali the way he used to be, and all the music acts were really on top of their game. "The Click Song" was fantastic.

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Apr 07, 2013

In 1974, I was hired during the festival as a security guard. My friend and I were graduated from High School (college Elikya) in Kinshasa. We were unemployed, waiting to start at the University when one of our fiend told us the Organisers of the festival were hiring students.We spent the 3 night of the festival on the stage, just behind the musicians. We spent time with some of the celebrities such as Hugh Masekela, James brown, Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibangu, Celia Cruz etc. it was incredible.

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