The last couple of years it’s been rather quiet around Jazzanova. Only recently they resurfaced with a collection and with another album by Micatone in the pipeline, their label Sonar Kollektiv seems to be reactivated as well.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Berlin based group announced the making of a Jazzanova documentary, covering their 15-year long career.
Jazzanova like a band was initiated by freier.eckert, who filmed for three years in locations such as Berlin, London, or Rio de Janeiro. To finish their project, they’re relying on your support. You can back up their campaign on the crowd-funding platform Inkubator, where you can choose between several options.
Zaire 1974. Former world champion Muhammad Ali challenges George Foreman to regain “his” title in a fight known as the Rumble in the Jungle. More than this, Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine this event with a music festival with soul greats James Brown, Bill Withers, The Spinners, the Fania All-Stars and many more.
Soul Power is more than a movie about boxing or music; it captures the journey of some of the most popular Afro-Americans to their motherland, Africa, where two different cultures of the same origin meet, and are able to forget about their problems (racism on one side, dictatorship on the other) during a historical event.
Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Natal is the director of Dub Echoes, a documentary about the history of Jamaican dub music and its influence on contemporary electronic music. Featured musicians include Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Jammy, Sly & Robbie, U-Roy, Kode 9, Mad Professor, Howie B, Bill Laswell and many more!
This award-winning film will be available on DVD for the very first time on May 11th, 2009. You can pre-order it already from Soul Jazz Records.
Cadillac Records is a biographical movie about Leonard Chess, founder of Chicago-based Chess Records. Besides Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as Chess, the movie stars Mos Def (as Chuck Berry), Jeffrey Wright (as Muddy Waters) and Beyoncé (as Etta James).
The movie comes to U.S. theatres on December 5th, European dates to follow in 2009. Its soundtrack is supposed to feature four cover-versions by Beyoncé, including Etta James’ At Last.