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Soul Power

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), 2008

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte has brought the disparate and unedited film of Zaire '74 together into one coherent form for the first time. The rainchild of South African musician Hugh Masekela and American record producer Stewart Levine, Zaire '74 was 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.
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte has brought the disparate and unedited film of Zaire '74 together into one coherent form for the first time. The rainchild of South African musician Hugh Masekela and American record producer Stewart Levine, Zaire '74 was 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, until now.


DHE MUSIC
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SOUL POWER
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Crited Music, Inc. (BMI)

BAKOBOSANA
Written by Lita Bembo
Performed by Lita Bembo & Les Stukas
All rights reserved - Tous droits réservés

I'LL NEVER LET YOU BREAK MY HEART AGAIN
Written by Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbit, Reggie Bryan
Performed by “Sweet" Charles Sherrell and the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)

ONE OF A KIND (LOVE AFFAIR)
Written by Joseph B. Jefferson
Performed by The Spinners
Under License from Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

SIMBA NKONI
Written by François “Franco” Luambo Makiadi
Performed by OK Jazz featuring Franco
All rights reserved - Tous droits réservés

HOPE SHE’LL BE HAPPIER
Written by Bill Withers
Performed by Bill Withers
Under license from Songs of Universal, Inc.
on behalf of Interior Music Corp. (BMI)

THE CLICK SONG
Written by The Manhattan Brothers
Performed by Miriam Makeba
Under license from Makeba Music Company

ON AND ON
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Sister Sledge
Under License from Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
on behalf of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
and Todd Mayfield Publishing (BMI)

THRILL IS GONE
Written by Rick Ravon Darnell and Roy Hawkins
Performed by B.B. King
Under license from Universal Music-Careers (BMI)

PUT IT WHERE YOU WANT IT
Written by Joe Sample
Performed by the Crusaders
Under license from Chrysalis Songs (BMI)

QUIMBARA
Written by Junior Cepeda
Performed by Celia Cruz and the Fania All Stars
Under license from Universal –Musica Unica Publishing
on behalf of Fania Music (BMI)

PONTE DURO
Written by Johnny Pacheco
Performed by the Fania All Stars
Under license from Universal - Musica Unica Publishing
on behalf of Fania Music (BMI)

BONJOUR L’AFRIQUE
Written by Big Black
Performed by Big Black
Published by Jokot

SELI-JA
Written by Tabu Ley Rochereau
Performed by Tabu Ley Rochereau & L’Afrisa International
Under License from EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.

PAYBACK
Written by James Brown, John H. Starks, and Fred Wesley
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)

COLD SWEAT
Written by James Brown and Alfred James Ellis
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)

I CAN’T STAND MYSELF (WHEN YOU TOUCH ME)
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)

SAY IT LOUD (I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD)
Written by James Brown and Alfred James Ellis
Performed by James Brown & the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)
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SAME BEAT
Written by James Brown
Performed by Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s
Under License from Unichappell Music, Inc.
on behalf of Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)
Duration
88 minutes
Language
OV English/French
Subtitles
German, French
Video Quality
720p
Available in
Switzerland, Liechtenstein
with bonus
Félicité
Alain Gomis
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
124′
Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues. One of the bar’s regulars is a man named Tabu who has been known to get carried away in every sense of the term. Tabu offers to help Félicité. Reluctantly, she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Félicité’s son has a hard time picking up his old life, but it is lady’s man Tabu of all people who manages to coax him out of his shell. Félicité’s sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.
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