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Soul Power (2008)

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A filmed account of the Zaire 74 soul music festival, originally intended to be in concert with the famous Rumble in the Jungle bout in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.


Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte (as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
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Credited cast:
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
James Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Celia Cruz ... Herself (archive footage)
Manu Dibango Manu Dibango ... Himself
B.B. King ... Himself (archive footage)
Don King ... Himself (archive footage)
Lola Love Lola Love ... Herself
Franco Luombo Franco Luombo ... Himself
Miriam Makeba ... Herself (archive footage)
Hugh Masekela ... Himself
Johnny Pacheco ... Himself
George Plimpton ... Himself
Sweet Charles Sherrill Sweet Charles Sherrill ... Himself
Sister Sledge ... Themselves
Debbie Sledge Debbie Sledge ... Herself


In 1974, music producers, Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine worked with the boxing promoter, Don King, to create a music festival in Africa to run concurrently with his championship boxing match he arranged with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, aka "The Rumble in the Jungle," in Kinshasa, Zaire. However, due to an unforeseen delay due to Foreman injuring himself in training, it was decided that the music festival must still go on as scheduled. This film covers the preparation of that festival with both stage construction and the arrival of the participating musicians. When all is ready, the people of Zaire got to experience a musical event that Africa had never seen before with great African-American and local artists performing with verve and purpose, with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, just the biggest star of this musical extravaganza. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »





English | French

Release Date:

10 June 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Сила духа See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,893, 12 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$206,813, 15 November 2009
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Antidote Films (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This festival was originally intended to complement the famous George Foreman/Mohammad Ali championship boxing match aka "The Rumble in the Jungle." However, shortly before the match, Foreman was injured in training and the bout had to be delayed for him to recuperate. To both avoid further disappointing the locals and in recognition that the performers have outstanding commitments elsewhere after the festival, it was decided to have it proceed on schedule on its own. See more »


Featured in When We Were Kings (1996) See more »


Written by James Brown, John Starks (as John H. Starks) and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.'s
Under license from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)
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"I am somebody"
20 July 2009 | by timbermiscSee all my reviews

Entertaining. Nice to see Muhammad Ali and James Brown and Celia Cruz and the dance styles of the Crusaders. The other African performers were on top of their acts, too.

You will look back on James Brown's bid to give some direction to the black movement as uncomplicated. And it is nice to see that so much as changed in the way of overt discrimination in the U.S.

I felt that I wanted to see a 4 hour movie. I wanted to see the entire concert, and that is good. It has a really funny part wherein Muhammad Ali plays with someone. I won't tell you what it is about.

James Brown pleads with you to go out on the side walk and tell yourself: "I am somebody".

I loved the performance by Cuban artist and Diva Celia Cruz. There were no negatives in the movie except that much of it is hand-held, grainy color. Again, I just wanted it to go on and on.

I got my monies worth.

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