We Got to Have It: "Soul Power"




As James Brown famously sang, “That’s what it’s all about, soul power.” Soul Power, a new documentary on an amazing three-night concert series held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 featuring the most famous American R&B acts of the era, demonstrates the enduring, transcendent power of soul. Held in conjunction with Mohammed Ali and George Foreman’s “Rumble in the Jungle” and briefly discussed in the documentary When We Were Kings, Zaire ’74 (as the festival was called) showcased an abundance of soul power from James Brown, Celia Cruz, BB King, and Bill Withers, among others. Reconnecting with their African roots and the enthusiastic crowd, these performers gave the concert of their lives. After spending years in a vault, the film is now being released, and opens tonight in New York and Los Angeles. View the trailer below, and don’t miss it. —Gracie Remington

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We Got to Have It: "Soul Power"