Zaire '74 was the brainchild of South African musician Hugh Masekela and American record producer Stewart Levine, a three-day music festival that took place in Kinshasa in 1974. The event assembled America's biggest rhythm and blues talents – including James Brown and the Mighty JBs, Bill Withers, B.B. King, and the Spinners – along with top African acts such as Miriam Makeba and Afrisa. The festival was held in conjunction with the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman known as the «Rumble in the Jungle». Most of the American performers, emboldened by the civil rights movement, were visiting Africa for the first time, exploring their roots and somewhat naive beliefs about the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. The promoters hired a team of esteemed documentary cameramen to film everything, including street life in Kinshasa and behind-the-scenes footage of the show being assembled. The crew masterfully recorded classic numbers such as Makeba's «The Click Song», King's «The Thrill Is Gone», and of course, Brown's «Soul Power». And then the footage sat unedited for over thirty years. Soul Power finally provides today's audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event in all of its magnificent, filmed glory.

trigon-film dvd-edition 159
Language OV english Subtitles deutsch, français
Length 93 min. Screen format 1:1.85 - 16/9 PAL, color Sound DD FSK 12+ Region code All regions 

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