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Nov 12, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Magnificent Mavis Staples has still got it in Mavis!: review



3 out of 4 stars

A documentary about singer Mavis Staples. Directed by Jessica Edwards. 81 minutes. In limited release. G

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I’ve adored The Staple Singers’ lead singer, the powerfully voiced Mavis Staples, since hearing the 1972 hit “I’ll Take You There.” At last comes the first documentary about the 76-year-old blues-gospel-R&B singer as director Jessica Edwards explores the family’s musical roots and civil rights activism through interviews and archive footage.

Performing primarily with her sisters and beloved father Roebuck “Pops” Staples, Mavis used her inspiring voice to prompt change as well as sell hit records and Edwards rightfully puts the emphasis on Staples’ joyful spirit.

Staples has stayed current, recording with Jeff Tweedy and Prince, winning a 2011 Grammy for her album “You Are Not Alone.” Whether in church or on the concert stage, Staples remains indomitable, as scenes of her recent performances demonstrate. Her voice is a bit rough around the edges, but magnificent Mavis has still got it.

Toronto Star

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