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From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale

From Mambo to Hip Hop DVDWinner of NCLR’s 2007 Alma Award for the Best Documentary Produced by Elena Martínez and Steve Zeitlin, directed by Henry Chalfant This hour-long documentary tells a story about the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York Latin music sound; continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip hop from the ashes and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood’s music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and in the process, take the world’s pop culture by storm.  Depicting two different styles of music that were nurtured in the neighborhood (mambo) and born there (hip hop), the film shows how members of this Bronx community, especially Puerto Ricans, influenced and were inspired by them.  The film features the voices of community members who dance to this music, as well as the musicians who grew up in these Bronx neighborhoods and went onto achieve international fame including: Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Orlando Marín, Willie Colón, Bobby Sanabria, DJ Charlie Chase and Grandmaster Caz. 56 minutes, DVD
$19.95

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