James Brown – Hot Pants
Polydor 1971

Soul Power (film) 1974

Yesterday I received a message from Pete M. in which he referred
to the film ‘Soul Power’, the Kinshasa 1974, 3 day festival, organized
by Don King and Hugh Masekela. In this wonderful documentary we
see; James Brown, Muhammad Ali, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam
Makeba, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Manu Dibango,
The Spinners, The Crusaders, Big Black, Franco’s O.K. Jazz, Sivuca,
Tabu Ley Rochereau and many others. A little later the famous
‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight between Muhammad Ali and George
Foreman took place there. We see a mixture of Muhammad Ali talking,
the musicians in the airplane to Kinshasa, fragments of the festival,
Congolese groups playing in the streets and such. To accompany
the film a James Brown classic album from 1971.
Enjoy listening and watching ..

Ik ontving gisteren een berichtje van Pete M. waarin hij refereerde
aan de film ‘Soul Power’, het 3 daagse festival in Kinshasa in 1974
dat werd ge├Ârganiseerd door Don King en Hugh Masekela. In deze
prachtige documentaire zien we; James Brown, Muhammad Ali,
B.B. King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco,
Ray Barretto, Manu Dibango, The Spinners, The Crusaders, Big Black,
Franco’s O.K. Jazz, Sivuca, Tabu Ley Rochereau en vele anderen.
Een korte tijd later vond er het beroemde ‘Rumble in the Jungle’
gevecht tussen Muhammad Ali en George Foreman plaats. We
zien een mix van de sprekende Muhammad Ali, muzikanten in
het vliegtuig naar Kinshasa, fragmenten van het festival, Congo-
lese bands in de straten van Kinshasa en dergelijke. Om de film
te vergezellen , een klassiek James Brown album uit 1971.
Kijk en luister weer met plezier ..

James Brown, Discogs
James Brown, Wikipedia
Soul Power, Wikipedia

01 – Blues & pants
02 – Can’t stand it
03 – Escap-Ism part 1
04 – Escap-Ism part 2
05 – Hot pants
(she got to use what she got to get what she wants)

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4 thoughts on “James Brown – Hot Pants
Polydor 1971

Soul Power (film) 1974

  1. Hi Moos,
    Also Fania All Stars with Celia Cruz as lead singer went there. There is also a movie made with extracts from this concert ”Celia Cruz live in Africa’.
    Knowing how popular salsa was in Congo, this is no surprise. In the dancings during the 80’s not a lot of American music or reggae was played but I heard regularly Fania records as a wecome challenger to the all present Congolese Rumba.
    Rik

  2. I love that clip of Bill Withers playing “Hope She’ll Be Happier” from that show. So simple, so powerful. Thanks Moos!!

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