Movie Alert: Soul Power

08Jul09

James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, the Spinners, Celia Cruz, the Crusaders, and more are featured in the  new documentary Soul Power, capturing Zaire ’74, a three-day soul music festival that was originally scheduled to take place the same week as Muhammad Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle championship fight against George Foreman in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). Foreman postponed the fight by roughly six weeks due to an injury, but the determined festival producers mounted the concerts as planned. Nearly 80,000 people came out to see  the dynamic soul musicians.

The same crew that filmed the Rumble in the Jungle documentary, When We Were Kings, also shot the footage for Soul Power, which opens Friday.

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