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Friday, January 1, 2010

Soul Power (2008)










Starring:
  • James Brown
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Don King
  • Celia Cruz
  • BB King

This is so much more than a chronicle of the 1974 3-day music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire scheduled during the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle" superfight against Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

The story goes "In 1974, Hugh Masekela set out to organize a music festival in Africa. They approached boxing promoter Don King with the proposal to combine the festival with a title fight that that King was organizing. King persuaded President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Sekou to provide a venue and bankroll the fight. Mobutu agreed to host the festival, but declined to provide financial support. Masekela and Levine later found a Liberian investment group willing to finance the 3-day festival and film of the event"

In this doc you will see such scenes as Bill Withers, Muhammad Ali, Don King and Bundini Brown eating breakfast engaged in comical banter about who is free and who isn't, Manu DiBango looking like a bonafide King, playing his saxophone while children clap and sing aloud and Miriam Makeba (aka Mama Africa) is such a beauty all the way around you couldn't take eyes or ears off of her regality.

The candid scenes with James Brown, Ali, and Celia Cruz singing on the tour bus while BB King looks on are so impactual to the rich legacy of Black musical culture, I don't believe the filmmakers truly knew of what pricelessness they captured.

You will want to watch this, watch it again, call a loved one and have them watch it with you and keep the cycle spinning with the brilliance of this visual time capsule.

Soul Power could not have a more appropriate title.

Link to soundtrack review:
When We Were Kings soundtrack

Mr. Wone

7 comments:

MUSICDAWN said...

Big thanx soul bro! Very funky share. I've plan to order this dvd when it'll come out.

Stax Logic said...

downloaded both parts, but couldnt extract/unzip the video :( excited to watch this classic footage!!

Mr. Wone said...

Send me your e-mail Stax Logic and we'll get it straight.

Funkback said...

UHNN! Wit' Cho' BAD SELF!
This is by far one of the rawest things I've seen yet. I could contribute BB. King In Africa DVD from the from the same night if anyone's interested. And the bootleg recording of James Brown & The JB's in Zaire in FLAC (Mp3 is available over at Blaxjive currently if im correct).

Stax Logic said...

Thanks for the offer Mr Wone, I managed to find the whole thing in a megaupload D/L. Cheers

Stax Logic said...

This is incredible footage! so much amazing & inspiring music, Would like to have seen more of Bill Withers, interested to know if he has something similar to B.B King In Africa in the vaults somewhere.

the saucer people said...

The link to 'Soul Power' is dead..any chance of a repost? This is one documentary I have wanted to see for a long time!

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