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Rated PG-13 · 93 minutes · 2009

This supremely entertaining musical documentary, more or less a collection of outtakes from When We Were Kings, follows the progress of a mammoth soul-jazz-salsa festival staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 to coincide with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight boxing title bout. Everyone involved gets their Africa on: Soul Brother #1 James Brown, sex bomb salsera Celia Cruz and the Fania All Stars, bluesman B.B. King, soul crooner Bill Withers, the jazzy Crusaders, singer Miriam Makeba, the Spinners, Manu Dibango, et al. Naturally no one upstages Ali — the rhymes and political barbs flow out of him in merry disarray. Director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, who edited Kings, crams the running time with beautiful shards of ‘70s-style high life, but we could keep watching this for hours more, if only for the endless jamming in the street (93 min.).
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Director: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Producer: Leon Gast, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and David Sonenberg
Cast: Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Don King and Miriam Makeba


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