STEVIE WONDER – SOUL GENIUS

The fascinating story of one of the greatest soul geniuses of our time: Stevie Wonder

Blind musician, Stevie Wonder is already recognised – in his own lifetime – as one of the greatest and most thrilling live artists of all time. The success of such pop classics as “Isn’t She Lovely”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” or “Superstition” has made him immortal, for fans and critics alike. Both his personality and his music reflect a battle for independence: artistically, financially and politically. Born in Michigan in 1950 as the third of six children, Wonder emerged early as one of the greatest soul talents in America. The “blind prodigy” already had his first contract with Motown in his back pocket by the age of 11 and would later be celebrated as one of that record label’s most important artists and songwriters. The documentary looks not only at Stevie Wonder’s importance in pop history but also at his political activism, from his honouring of Martin Luther King and the battle against apartheid to his support of Barack Obama. We talk to those who know him including Motown great Martha Reeves, synthesizer pioneer Robert Margouleff and R & B artist Macy Gray, who has recorded a cover version of an entire Stevie Wonder album.

Length: 52’ HD
Film by Hannes Rossacher
Production: kobalt productions for NDR /ARTE, 2013
Original title: Stevie Wonder – Soul Genius