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James Brown in Soul Power

  • James Brown in "Soul Power"

When the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle pitting Muhammad Ali against George Foreman was put off for Foreman to recover from a training injury, it was too late to reschedule the star-studded Zaire 74 concert, which brought together some of the era's greatest musical performers of the African diaspora.

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's Soul Power, screening Thursday 10/1, captures the buildup to the concert and performances from James Brown, B.B. King, Sister Sledge, Bill Withers, The Spinners, The Crusaders, Miriam Makeba and the Fania All Stars.

Levy-Hinte culls his footage from the same archive of material that produced Leon Gast and Taylor Hackford's 1996 documentary When We Were Kings, which centered on Ali, the fight, and their social significance in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) under dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Soul Power plays in the Black World Cinema screening series, Thursday 10/1 at 7 PM at Chatham 14, 210 W. 87th St. $5.

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