The Zaire 74 festival goals were raising awareness of African music in the United States, to present and promote racial and cultural solidarity between African American and African people and to promote the heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, known as The Rumble in the Jungle.
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The energy seen in the journey to Africa extended into the concert performances. The exotic setting inspired performers to reach heights they would rarely occupy again.
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You hold in your hands a backstage pass to one of the most extraordinary concert events ever filmed. Featuring musical legends James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz and a host of others, SOUL POWER documents the three-night Zaire ’74 music festival planned to coincide with the now-legendary and epic “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Much more than a concert film, Soul Power provides a dynamic fly-on-the-wall look into the turbulent proceedings, with on-the-spot commentary from the musicians themselves, concert organizers Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, Muhammad Ali and boxing promoter extraordinaire Don King, Soul Power will leave you breathless.