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Soul Power review

A documentary with definite soul...

Busting with footage left in legal limbo for over three decades, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte’s documentary is uproarious and uplifting.

A worthy companion piece to When We Were Kings (which Levy-Hinte edited), Soul Power chronicles the three day Zaire ’74 concert that accompanied Mohammad Ali’s ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ clash with George Foreman.

With American acts The Spinners, BB King and, naturally, James Brown all “going home” to perform alongside their African kinsmen, the playlist is fiercely diverse and stirring.

But off-stage antics are equally riveting, with Ali’s ring-bound tussle with a Spinner and a plane-set jam session but two highlights.

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Joshua Winning

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.