Soul Power

The three-day music festival that accompanied the iconic 1974 Muhammad Ali and George Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match in Zaire is the subject of this documentary. Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte culled it from more than 125 hours of footage, shot by Paul Goldsmith, Kevin Keating, Roderick Young and Albert Maysles. It features performances by Celia Cruz, the Spinners, Fania All-Stars, Bill Withers, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba and more. The concerts were meant to be a cultural exchange between African and African-American musicians but were briefly imperiled after a Foreman eye injury forced a postponement of the fight. When finally mounted, the shows became the stuff of pop-culture folklore.

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