A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Zaire in 1974
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, previously chronicled in the Academy Award-winning documentary WHEN WE WERE KINGS.
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. SOUL POWER is crafted from the extensive “outtakes” that remained after making WHEN WE WERE KINGS, which documented the epic title fight, but relegated the music festival to a small, supporting role. The “outtakes” have remained vaulted for the past 34 years, until now. The film was ultimately edited down from over 125 hours worth of footage. Lensed primarily by celebrated cinematographers Albert Maysles, Paul Goldsmith, Kevin Keating and Roderick Young, SOUL POWER finally provides today’s audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event in all of its magnificent, filmed glory.
Call (410) 276-1651 to reserve tickets!
Click HERE for more GLOBE POSTER: Not to be Missed! programs.
You Might Also Like:
Nighthawks on Blue Highway Film + Concert
Fri Jun 30, 7pm
Nighthawks on the Blue Highway (2016) is the first documentary film...
City of Trees
Wed Jul 12, 7pm
Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People (WPP) has tried...
Wet Hot American Summer
Wed Aug 9, 7pm
Dress like your favorite camp counselor, shout the lines, play games...
Nise: The Heart of Madness
Thu Aug 31, 7pm
Dr. Nise da Silveira (played by award-winning actress Gloria Pires)...
Made In Baltimore Short Film Festival
Sat Sep 30, 7pm
This festival honors and awards the best filmmakers in the Greater...
Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spooktacular
Fri Oct 27, 8pm
Don’t miss Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spectacular, a sizzling...