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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Funk-Karaoke Contest and Soul Power Poster Giveaway, prior to the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) movie “Soul Power.” Contestants perform a funk or soul song, and a DIA panel of judges will select three finalists, with an audience applause meter determining the winner. Contestants will receive a “Soul Power” poster, and the winner a Zaire ’74 tee shirt and season pass for two to the 2009 Fall DFT schedule. The winner will be posted on the DFT Web page and other DIA social media outlets.

Saturday, August 8, 8:30 p.m.

On the stage of the Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward. Enter on John R side of the museum.

To celebrate the showing of the movie “Soul Power.” The movie documents the three-day music festival that complemented the legendary boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman that took place in Zaire in 1974 (aka the “Rumble in the Jungle”). It features some of the greatest rhythm and blues talents of all time: James Brown and the Mighty JBs, B.B. King, Bill Withers, the Spinners, Sister Sledge, and the Crusaders, plus world renowned African performers such as Miriam Makeba and Afrisa. This historic concert was filmed with a lavish budget and state-of the art techniques, but the footage—assembled or unassembled—has never been unavailable until now, having been mired in legal disputes for the last 35 years.

Funk-Karaoke Contest is free. Tickets to the movie are $7.50.

For more information, call 313-833-3237 or visit


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899