Soul Power

Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte does a terrific job re-creating a landmark moment, with behind-the-scenes footage complementing triumphant performances.
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
Offers a vivid glimpse of a fascinating moment in musical history, racial politics and global pop culture.
- A.O Scott, New York Times
Soul Power turns out to be an unusually resonant time capsule, one that weaves together theatrics, musicianship, cosmopolitanism and sharp political critique in a vibrant look-back that's at once celebratory and wistful.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post


In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The dream-child of Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, this music festival became a reality when they convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. SOUL POWER is a verité documentary about this legendary music festival (dubbed “Zaire ‘74”), and it depicts the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others. At the peak of their talents and the height of their careers, these artists were inspired by this return to their African roots, as well as the enthusiasm of the Zairian audience, to give the performances of their lives. SOUL POWER finally provides today’s audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event.

Date de sortie

Vendredi 31 juillet, 2009
Langue originale: English
Genre: Documentary
Durée: 97 min.
Année: 2009


B.B. King
Celia Cruz
Don King
James Brown
Muhammed Ali
Un film de
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte