In the year of 1974, Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” bout in Zaire. Did you know about “Zaire ’74 – The Spiritual Connection”, A concert event that featured African American musicians with African musicians. This extraordinary event was to take place a few days before the fight and featured legendary performances by B.B. King, The Spinners, Celia Cruz, and James Brown. The newest Sony Picture Classic “Soul Power” gives us the inside look of the one of a kind concert that has been long forgotten – until now. Here with us to talk about the film is the film’s director JEFFREY LEVY-HINTE!
Who doesn’t like a good Bongo Drums. We know the Fonz loved him some bongos. Here’s a pretty cool clip of Big Black from Sony Classic’s upcoming concert film/documentary Soul Power. 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. The concert has achieved mythological significance as the definitive Africa(n)-American musical event of the 20th Century.