DOCUMENTARY: Soul Power (The Greatest Music Festival, 1974).
"In 1974, Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine set out to organize a music festival in Africa. Their dream was to bring together the most renowned African-American and African musicians in their common homeland.
They approached boxing promoter Don King with the proposal to combine the festival with a little fight that King was organizing between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman. King had already persuaded President Mobutu of Zaire to underwrite and provide the venue for the fight. Mobutu agreed to host the festival, but declined to provide financial support.”
Released in 2008, ‘Soul Power’ is a 2008 documentary film directed by Jeff Levy-Hinte that chronicles the Zaire ‘74 music festival that accompanied the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between US boxing greats Muhammed Ali and George Foreman in October of that year. The film was made entirely out of archival footage, some of which was first used to make the documentary film “When We Were Kings”.
Performers in the film include James Brown, The Spinners, OK Jazz featuring Franco, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, B.B. King, Pembe Dance Troupe, The Crusaders, Fania All-Stars featuring Celia Cruz, Big Black, Afrisa featuring Tabu LEY, The Mighty J.B.’s and Manu Dibango.
"When We Were Kings" is documents the fight between Ali and Foreman, mostly from the perspective of Ali, and includes breaks with talking heads providing commentary on the event.
This October will mark the 40th anniversary of both occasions.