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Soul Power (2008)

A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.

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(as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)

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Manu Dibango ...
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A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.

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3-day music festival, Kinshasa. Made entirely using footage from 1974. (dvd) See more »

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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10 June 2009 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$23,893 (USA) (10 July 2009)

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$206,813 (USA) (13 November 2009)
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The festival took part in September 22-24, 1974. See more »

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References When We Were Kings (1996) See more »

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Payback
Written by James Brown, John Starks (as John H. Starks) and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.'s
Under license from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)
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Poor editing, no soul, little music
23 July 2010 | by (Annapolis, MD) – See all my reviews

"When We Were Kings" was a great film with soul and spirit explaining how this music festival and a world boxing match with Ali wound up in Zaire in 1974. I was hungry for more.

This short film just has 20 minutes of music and a lot of boring pointless dialog. Leon Gast had been hired to do the rockumentary of the festival so presumably the whole thing is on film. Most of the performances must still be on filmstock in Gast's apartment. This film is a disgrace and feels like the leftovers from "When We Were Kings"

Pros: Anytime James Brown or Muhammad Ali is on screen the world lights up. Miriam Makeba is awesome!

Cons: Only one song by Bill Withers. Only one song by BB King. Only one song by Miriam Makeba.


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