Soul Power is a new verité documentary about the legendary music festival "Zaire '74," and it depicts the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, and Celia Cruz. The film was crafted from the extensive "outtakes" that remained after making When We Were Kings, which chronicled the epic title fight between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman, but relegated the music festival to a small, supporting role. Soul Power finally provides today's audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event in all of its magnificent, filmed glory. We recently caught up with director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and music legend Bill Withers to hear their shared memories of the experience. To watch our exclusive interviews, click on the clips below:
Soul Power opens in limited release on July 10th, 2009.