Archive | October 2009

Soul Power comes to Cinecenta Nov 4/5


The celebrated documentary Soul Power is finally coming to Victoria!! On November 4/5 (Wed and Thurs), Cinecenta at Uvic brings us the Victoria premiere of this phenomenal soul music artifact. Any fan of soul and funk music will not want to miss it.  The film is descibed as follows:

In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The dream-child of Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, this music festival became a reality when they convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with “The Rumble in the Jungle,” the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, previously chronicled in the Academy Award-winning documentary WHEN WE WERE KINGS. SOUL POWER is a verité documentary about this legendary music festival (dubbed “Zaire ‘74”), and it depicts the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others. At the peak of their talents and the height of their careers, these artists were inspired by this return to their African roots, as well as the enthusiasm of the Zairian audience, to give the performances of their lives. The concert has achieved mythological significance as the definitive Africa(n)-American musical event of the 20th Century. SOUL POWER is crafted from the extensive “outtakes” that remained after making WHEN WE WERE KINGS, which documented the epic title fight, but relegated the music festival to a small, supporting role. The “outtakes” have remained vaulted for the past 34 years, until now. Lensed primarily by celebrated cinematographers Albert Maysles, Paul Goldsmith, Kevin Keating and Roderick Young, SOUL POWER finally provides today’s audience the opportunity to experience this historic musical event in all of its magnificent, filmed glory.

The Music of My Mind will feature music from artists featured in the film (James Brown, The Spinners, Miriam Makeba, etc.) on the Thursday November 5th edition of the program (5-6:30PM), as well free movie passes to Soul Power.


Thursday Oct 29/09 Playlist – Hallowe’en Edition


Dr Funkenstein and His Clones

  1. Parliament – Dr. Funkenstein
  2. Terry Callier – You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman
  3. Lee Fields – My World Is Empty Without You
  4. Brothers – Unlimited – Life, Dreams, Death
  5. Sugar Pie Desanto – Git Back
  6. Breakestra – No Matter Where You Go
  7. Budos Band – Hidden hand
  8. Fela Kuti – Witchcraft
  9. Orlando Julius – New Apala Afro
  10. Os Mutantes – Ave. Genghis Khan
  11. The Gaff/ Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out (Gaff mix)
  12. Eric B & Rakim – Microphone Fiend
  13. Public Enemy – Night Of The Living Baseheads
  14. The Slew – Shackled Soul


Thursday Oct 22/09 Playlist

Bill Withers

A feature interview with soul legend Bill Withers airs today on CBC’s arts and entertainment show, Q. A rare  chat with  Withers is certainly a must listen as he is the subjest of a new feature length documentary, Still Bill on his life and music. The film’s website describes STILL BILL as “an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Grandma’s Hands,” and “Just the Two of Us.” With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that have – and always will – resonate deeply within the fabric of our times.” Today’s edition of the Music of My Mind will feature music from the man himself. If you miss the interview, the podcast willl be available for download in the next few days at

  1. Spirit of Atlanta – Buttermilk Bottom
  2. Bill Withers – Use Me (live at Carnegie Hall)
  3. Bill Withers – Ruby Lee
  4. Breakestra – Lowdown Stank
  5. Orgone – Come Around
  6. Soul Jazz Orchestra – Mugambi
  7. Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – Zombie
  8. Shafiq Husayn feat. Bilal – Cheeba
  9. No Luck Club – (What Is) Pop Music
  10. Dragon Fli Empire – Redefine
  11. Raekwon – Incarcerated Scarfaces
  12. Raekwon feat. Ghostface, Method Man, Masta Killa – House of Flying Daggers
  13. Ranking – Thanks and Praise

Thursday Oct 15/09 Playlist

  1. Gary Byrd – Soul Travelin’
  2. Cymande – Bird
  3. Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers –  I Am Your Man
  4. Motherlode – And When I Die
  5. 24 Carat Black – The Best of Good Love Gone
  6. Breakestra feat. Afrodyete  – Come on Over
  7. Betty Davis – Is It Love or Desire?
  8. Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls – That’s Right (It’s time to get down)
  9. Darrell Banks – Don’t Know What To Do
  10. Herbaliser Band – Amores Bongo
  11. Pax Nicholas and The Nettey Family – Atta Onukpa
  12. Mulatu Astatqe –  Gubelye
  13. The Slew (feat. Kid Koala) – Battle of Heaven and Hell
  14. D-sisive – Nobody with A Notepad
  15. Main Source – Looking At The Front Door
  16. Wax Tailor – Sit and Listen

Thursday Oct 8/09 Playlist

Pax Nicholas


  1. Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul – I Feel Like This
  2. Prince – Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful
  3. Pleasure Web – Music Man
  4. Minnie Ripperton – Baby This Love I Have
  5. Naomi Shelton – Talkin ‘Bout A Good Thing
  6. Tower of Power – Knock Yourself Out (live version)
  7. Herbaliser Band – Mr. Chombee Has The Flaw (live)
  8. Shafiq Husayn – Major Heavy
  9. Pax Nicholas and the Nettey Family – You
  10. Akoya Afrobeat – BFBF
  11. God Made Me Funky – Get Down
  12. Muneshine – Farewell
  13. Crown City Rockers – Go Away