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This film is a part of our Sound & Vision series presented in partnership with Drip (records).

Special performance by Mel Washington.

Director: Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte

Witness the Godfather of Soul’s legendary performance at the Zaire ‘74 concert! This must-see music doc was compiled from over 125 hours of footage of electrifying soul and R&B performances and backstage encounters with performers including James Brown and Sister Sledge. Get down with luminaries including B.B. King, Bill Withers, the Crusaders, and of course South Carolina-native James Brown. Enjoy a live performance by local soul musician Mel Washington before the screening.

Mel Washington is a soul musician and was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been writing songs since he was eighteen years old and believes music to be profoundly healing and that it should be shared with an open heart and mind. His life experience has been marked by the usual trappings of a traveling musician, the charm of southern religion, and even a stint of homelessness. He brings genuine warmth to conversation that evokes great storytelling from even a casual acquaintance.

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