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Soul Power

Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte

USA, 2008

Cornerhouse, 22 March 2015

This documentary is about a series of concerts that took place in Zaire, some weeks before the Ali-Foreman fight.

Ali is around, greeting James Brown, dining with Bill Withers, sparring with one of the Spinners.  Doing his trash-talking shtick.  But Foreman is nowhere to be seen.

We see the stage being built, myriad griping behind the scenes.  There is generous footage of the artists’ performances: JB was at the peak of his power around about this time, but even so for my money it is B.B. King who impresses most.

Well worth a watch.

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