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  • Summary: In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The dream-child of Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, this music
    festival became a reality when they
    convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, previously chronicled in the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings. (Sony Classics) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    100
    Explosively exciting film.
  2. 90
    Soul Power, as aptly and succinctly titled a movie as I have ever seen, takes you to a place where the discipline that produces great popular art is indistinguishable from the ecstasy that art creates.
  3. Soul Power is both a funk-tastic time capsule and a timeless celebration of the human spirit.
  4. 75
    It's best seen as a breezy entertainment and a reminder of how potent some of these performers -- many of whom are dead -- were in their primes.
  5. Reviewed by: James Adams
    75
    Pretty much a non-stop head-bobbing knee-bouncer.
  6. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Joyously funky documentary.
  7. As the record of a cultural event, Soul Power is a hit-and-miss affair.

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