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Soul Power (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  10 June 2009 (France)
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A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.

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

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The greatest music festival that you have never seen. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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$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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Bakobosana
Written by Lita Bembo
Performed by Lita bembo & Les Stukaas
All rights reserved - Tous droits réservés
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Way too short concert footage
16 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

At the time of this writing, media is still mourning, marketing or doing into sordid details of the recently departed Michael Jackson. What most people know or should know is one of Jackson's most favorite performers was James Brown. Brown was clearly the headliner of this historic concert festival that took place in Zaire in 1974.

There were other performers that came over on the airplane to perform. Among them were the vocal group the Spinners, the instrumental group the Crusaders, B.B. King with his group and the Cuban Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz. In fact, it's Cruz's group that's shown leading the impromptu jamming and singing though in fact, they're singing in Spanish.

We also get plenty of Don King, legal counsel Ian Strafford and Muhammed Ali. The fight is postponed due to a finger injury by George Foreman who's not shown at all. This film is best seen with WHEN WE WERE KINGS to provide better context. Ali's black pride and complaints about the white man are recorded but this doc should have been more about the music. But perhaps it's needed as Brown also makes his opinions known.

We get to see King going through his set list but only his hit "The Thrill is Gone" is showcased. Except for Brown, the rest of the performers also get just one song. There were a number of African performers but only Miriam Makeba out of them get one song.

Brown gets three songs and I thought the costume he was wearing a bit odd. He was into fusion jazz funk at this time which was not as commercial as his earlier hits. He also gets the last line to end the movie. "God d**n it, you are somebody" he says as he looks into the camera. Soul Brother Number One.


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