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WILLIAM BELL - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - RAINDANCE

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At the RAINDANCE UK Premier, WILLIAM BELL, STAX Soul Music legend honours Director Martin Shore's sincerity in making TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - a powerful film which does for MEMPHIS & its musical legacy what BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB did for CUBA & its musical Golden Age. Soul Star predicts that just as RY COODER's love affair with Cuban Music expressed through Wim Wenders passionate & joyful BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB ignited many hearts & created a Social & Cultural phenomenon that endures to this day, so will Director MARTIN SHORE's love affair with MEMPHIS Music expressed through TAKE ME TO THE RIVER. A truly moving & inspirational film as well as a musical treat, with appearances & spontaneous jamming by many legends including Charlie Pitts (inventor of the 'wah wah' guitar sound) & Booker T Jones, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER runs wide & deep to encompass the musical history of MEMPHIS including HI & STAX Record Labels whose culture of Musical collaboration cut across the divide of Segregation; the effect of the Civil Rights Movement & Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis on the City and its Music Industry; & the resurrection & continuation of Memphis' Music through STAX ACADEMY. But more than this TAKE ME TO THE RIVER contains a universal message of Hope showing that building bridges (in this case between Genres, Generations & Races) can create a way forward as contemporary Rappers like Snoop Dogg bring the old greats out of retirement to collaborate on tracks backed by young multiracial musical hopefuls training at STAX ACADEMY to create a New Album. Narrated by TERRENCE HOWARD, the Film captures the Soul & Spirit of MEMPHIS Music featuring an amazing multi-generational array of Musical talent including Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars & should be sought out by Film Lovers & Music Lovers alike. Well done Raindance for seeing & supporting the Heart & Magic in & around this Movie in the face of mediocre reviews from cynical mainstream Film Critics who almost always miss the point of Inspirational Films like this. (SoulStar Original Review).