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Routes of rhythm, part 3

Routes of rhythm, part 3 [electronic resource]

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Additional Authors
  • Belafonte, Harry, 1927-2023.
  • Castle, Irene, 1893-1969
  • Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918
  • Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977
  • Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926.
  • Cugat, Xavier, 1900-1990.
  • Miranda L., Carmen.
  • Berkeley, Busby, 1895-1976.
  • Astaire, Fred.
  • Hayworth, Rita, 1918-1987.
  • Machito.
  • Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993.
  • Arnaz, Desi, 1917-1986.
  • Ball, Lucille, 1911-1989.
  • Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977.
  • Rodríguez, Arsenio.
  • Cruz, Celia.
  • Blades, Rubén
  • Rosow, Eugene.
  • Dratch, Howard.
  • Blank, Les.
1 streaming video file (NTSC) (57 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences.
Part 3 of a three-part documentary on the history and development of Afro-Cuban music in Cuba and the United States, profusely illustrated with footage of ritual, social, and theatrical music and dance, drawn from archival sources or filmed on location.
  • Presented by KCET-TV/Los Angeles. Producers/directors: Eugene Rosow and Howard Dratch. New York and Cuban music and dance sequences directed and photographed by Les Blank. Writer: Linda Post. Host: Harry Belafonte.
Access (note)
  • Patrons can access streaming video file only at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Funding (note)
  • Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
CONTENTS: Evolution of Afro-Cuban music in the United States. Exploration of various Latin dance crazes, including the tango (derived from the Cuban habañera), conga, mambo, and cha-cha-cha. Film clips of and interviews with individuals who popularized Latin music, among them Don Aspiazu, Xavier Cugat, and Desi Arnaz (seen in his youth and with Lucille Ball). Discussion of the blending of jazz and Latin music by Machito, Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie (who recalls his collaboration with musician Chano Pozo), Cal Tjader, and the Cuban musical group Irakere. The influence of Afro-Cuban music on rock 'n' roll is demonstrated through brief clips of The Diamonds, Johnny Otis, Elvis Presley, and Bo Diddley. Salsa music, invented by Arsenio Rodríguez, is performed by Celia Cruz and Conjunto Libre. The program concludes with a performance by and interview with Ruben Blades, whose music is a vehicle for political statements. Among the many dancers and dancer-actors who appear in the course of the program are Irene and Vernon Castle, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Carmen Miranda (in "The lady in the tutti-frutti hat" from Busby Berkeley's The gang's all here), Donald Duck, and Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth (in a brief glimpse of You were never lovelier).
Call Number
*MGZIDF 3219
Routes of rhythm, part 3 [electronic resource]
Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Restricted Access
Patrons can access streaming video file only at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Local Note
Former call number: *MGZIC 9-3385 cassette 3.
Additional Copy: None.
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Local Subject
Television. Routes of rhythm.
Added Author
Belafonte, Harry, 1927-2023. Host
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969, dancer.
Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918, dancer.
Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977, actor.
Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926. Performer
Cugat, Xavier, 1900-1990. Interviewee
Miranda L., Carmen. Performer
Berkeley, Busby, 1895-1976. Director
Astaire, Fred. Performer
Hayworth, Rita, 1918-1987. Performer
Machito. Interviewee
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993. Interviewee
Arnaz, Desi, 1917-1986. Interviewee
Ball, Lucille, 1911-1989. Depicted
Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977. Performer
Rodríguez, Arsenio. Composer
Cruz, Celia. Performer
Blades, Rubén, performer.
Blades, Rubén, interviewee.
Rosow, Eugene. Producer. Director
Dratch, Howard. Producer. Director
Blank, Les. Director
Research Call Number
*MGZIDF 3219
*MGZIC 9-3385 cassette 3 (former)
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