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The Power of One
(1992)
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Composed, Co-Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Arranged, Lyrics, and Co-Produced by:
Lebo M.

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Elektra Entertainment
(May 19th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print by the 2000's and selling at that time for $40 or more.
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Buy it... if you have always been impressed by the Lebo M.-influenced portions of The Lion King, in which case The Power of One is an authentic sibling score of surprisingly defiant and optimistic character.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear more than just a hint of the instrumental style of Hans Zimmer in the accompaniment of the South African vocalists, because this score is dominated by the solemn but hopeful performances by the latter group.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,507
WRITTEN 3/24/10
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The Power of One: (Hans Zimmer) You'll be challenged to find a film as depressing as The Power of One, a character story about one young white man's life-long struggles to overcome personal tragedy and fight for equality during the height of apartheid in South Africa. His friends, family, and inspirations are nearly all executed in gruesome, violent ways, graphically depicting the very worst in racist behavior that plagued the country. Director John G. Avildsen managed to insert some hope into the adaptation of the 1989 novel by emphasizing the toughness of hand to hand combat, an element of success in his Rocky and The Karate Kid films. The production was obviously not received well by the South African government; despite the slow political shift towards open, multi-racial democratic elections there, The Power of One debuted in 1992, a couple of years before Nelson Mandela's victory. One of the interesting byproducts of the displeasure that The Power of One brought upon members of its crew was the impact that the film had on composer Hans Zimmer. One scene in the film includes a song with intentionally subversive lyrics to be performed by prisoners to celebrate the visit of a ranking official in the prison system. Music plays a much larger role in The Power of One, from Zimmer's original score to the traditional choral performances arranged by Lebo M. These well-coordinated recordings had such an impact on the film as to cause Zimmer himself to be black-listed in South Africa for having engaged in subversive filmmaking. In fact, when Zimmer teamed with Lebo M. once more for The Lion King not long after, the studio insisted that it wasn't safe for the composer to travel to South Africa again for the obviously similar recording requirements. Zimmer claims to have had no personal connection to Africa despite composing no less than half a dozen scores for serious films involving racial conflict in that continent. He instead has always been touched by the style of African music, though he admits that his attempts at representing it through his scores is more frequently based on Western notions that simply utilize native colors. His interest in writing for the region extended from a segment in A World Apart that eventually led to his involvement in The Power of One, which he considered a satisfying extension of the same sound. Of course, Zimmer's compelling recording of The Power of One directly led to his hiring on The Lion King, a score that continued to explore generally the same choral tones and thematic structures.

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Average: 3.14 Stars
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Total Time: 48:58
• 1. The Rainmaker (7:46)
• 2. Mother Africa (6:19)
• 3. Of Death & Dying (4:11)
• 4. Limpopo River Song* - performed by The Bulawayo Church Choir (1:54)
• 5. The Power of One** - performed by Teddy Pendergrass (5:17)
• 6. Woza Mfana (1:56)
• 7. Southland Concerto** (2:26)
• 8. Senzenina** (1:48)
• 9. Penny Whistle Song (2:14)
• 10. The Funeral Song* - performed by The Bulawayo Church Choir (1:42)
• 11. Wangal' Unozipho* - performed by The Bulawayo Church Choir (3:24)
• 12. Mother Africa Reprise (8:02)
* composed by David Khabo
** composed and/or arranged by Johnny Clegg

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The insert includes a note from the composer about the score.
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