Soul Power
Soul Power (2009)

The three-day music festival Zaire '74 and the emerging musical crossover between Africa and America is documented.

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring some incredible performances from many 70s soul legends, Soul Power is an exhilarating snap-shot of a bygone era.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Soul Power turns out to be an unusually resonant time capsule, one that weaves together theatrics, musicianship, cosmopolitanism and sharp political critique in a vibrant look-back that's at once celebratory and wistful.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Soul Power is the indispensable companion film to Leon Gast's thrilling 1996 documentary When We Were Kings.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Soul Power is a window into a time when anything seemed possible.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's impossible not to be moved.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Watching the Godfather of Soul on the big outdoor stage, you think back to his appearance in The T.A.M.I. Show a decade earlier. And then you think: I feel good.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

B.B. King. Bill Withers. Miriam Makeba. Celia Cruz. And James Brown, earning every inch of the title, "Godfather of Soul," who all by himself probably deforested a few acres around Kinshasa with the volcanic blast of his set.

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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer

It packs the emotional and historical power of a heady 'family gathering' celebration of African and, to use the term then in fashion, Afro-American pride.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

A dazzling chronicle of the African American music expo that was meant to accompany the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo).

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Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Does its part to widen this historic concert's potential audience base.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
SOUL POWER offers a different view surrounding the events of The Rumble In The Jungle In Zaire-1974. A decent companion to When We Were Kings, but nowhere near… More
Lesley N
Not released until 2009, this is the documentary of 1974 music festival run in conjunction with the Rumble In The Jungle in Zaire. There's a surprisingly… More
Walter M.
"Soul Power" is an enjoyable concert film about the three day music festival that was scheduled to complement the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman title… More
James Bond, Jr.
An awesome movie! Maybe not the best documentary, as it doesn't exactly go into too much detail about the Zaire '74 show, or its production. But just… More
John Ballantine
Saw this one at 9 in the morning one weekend during TIFF a few years back and it worked better than a morning coffee to get the juices flowing. Make no doubts… More
matt sigur
Concert movies can be hit or miss. The best ones always make you wanna go back to that time and be a part of it. They also have a great soundtrack. This movie… More