Soul Power Documentary Zaire 74 featuring James Brown, Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Spinners, Bill Withers, and Manu Dibango

We were incredibly lucky to find this incredible instant classic documentary.  After checking out The Spinners’ Unsung episode, we were reminded about this historic event.  Enjoy!

From Wikipedia:
Soul Power is a 2008 documentary film directed by Jeff Levy-Hinte about the Zaire 74 music festival which accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in October 1974. The film was made from archival footage; other footage shot at the time focusing on the fight was edited to form the film When We Were Kings.

Performers in the film include James Brown, Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Spinners, Bill Withers, and Manu Dibango. Download the full original press book here.

Directed by: Jeff Levy-Hinte
Produced by: Leon Gast, David Sonenberg, Jeff Levy-Hinte
Studio: Antidote Films
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics (theatrical)
Release date(s): September 4 2008 (premiere at Toronto Film Festival)
April 2009 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
July 10, 2009 (limited)
Running time: 93 min.
Country: USA
Language: English

B.B. King

Celia Cruz

Ali, Bill Withers and Don King

Part 1

Part 2

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