"Soul Power''- Part One- Featuring James Brown, Muhammad Ali, B.B. King, Celia Cruz, Bill Withers, The Crusaders, Miriam Makeba and The Spinners

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The Ali / Foreman contest had a huge sideshow: Zaire ’74, a three-day music festival of American soul alongside African music, headlined by James Brown and filmed by the same crew that was in Zaire for the fight. “Soul Power” presents that festival from its precarious beginnings to the finale of a shirtless, sweating James Brown singing to an African audience, “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

The festival was a striking sociocultural moment. African-American and Latin musicians were being introduced to Africa and African musicians amid Mr. Ali’s black-power politics and a hodgepodge of visiting music, sports and literary figures.

We express our deep gratitude to Sony Classics..

By Rich Buckland 01/27/2010 08:04 AM

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