America's Music Film Series: Latin Rhythm from Mambo to Hip Hop on Sept 25th


Latin Rhythm from Mambo to Hip Hop

Wednesday, September 25
4 – 6 p.m.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum



Latin Music, USA: Episode One: Bridges
Pamela A. Aguilar and Daniel McCabe (2009)

Narrated by Jimmy Smits, this documentary traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the Mambo and the Cha Cha Cha as they sweep the U.S. from East to West and the influence Latin Music has on R&B and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s.

Accolades for the film include:
IDA Documentary Award

From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale
Henry Chalfant, Elena Martinez, and Steve Zeitlin (2006)

From Henry Chalfant (co-director of Style Wars), 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 salsa 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.

Accolades for the film include:
ALMA Award – Best Television Documentary

This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the America's Music film series, visit the website, here.