Roots of Rhythm

Roots of Rhythm

Director: Howard B. Dratch, Eugene Rosow Cast: Gene Rosow, Gloria Estefan

DVD (Stereo)


Join host Harry Belafonte as he explores the evolution of Latin music. This three-part documentary traces the roots of the Latin sound from the jungles of Africa to the clubs of New York City. Along with Belafonte, the video features performances by some of the genre's best-known artists, including Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, King Sunny Ade, and several others. Originally shown on PBS, the DVD set totals 150 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
UPC: 0767685947630
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Region Code: 1
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 2:30:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. ACROSS THE OCEAN: In The Beginning [7:01]
2. A Momentous Turn [10:10]
3. The New World [15:01]
4. The Rhumba Is Born [12:18]
5. Carnival! [2:49]
6. Miami Sound Machine [8:46]
7. THE FIERY ROMANCE: Musical Melting Pot [7:13]
8. On Record [11:12]
9. The Mambo [7:37]
10. Jazz Meets Cuba [4:07]
11. Holiday in Havana [5:56]
12. Revolution [7:37]
13. TO THE TOP OF THE CHART: Start Spreadin' the News [12:25]
14. Havana and Vine [9:38]
15. Birth of Latin Jazz [8:27]
16. I Love Latin [11:28]
17. True Innovators [7:46]
18. Voices of Discontent [10:50]

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Roots of Rhythm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This video was just absolutely great. Thanks to Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club documentary, many people have been exposed to Cuban musical forms such as son, danzon, and cha-cha. But in this video (which was filmed before the Buena Vista Social Club explosion), Harry Belafonte takes the the viewer to the Cuban provinces of Havana and Matanzas to show the incredible rumba jam sessions. And that's where it all started. This video does a great job of breaking down the African and Spanish history of today's popular ''latin'' music, but it does an even better job of exposing the Africanness of Cuba. If the rumba clips were shown separately, most people would just assume that the video was shot in West Africa. The video also details the integration of Afrocuban music with traditional Spanish music,American jazz, and rock and roll. Some people might not like the fact that a good 70% of the video focuses on Cuba, but that's how it should be, because that's where it all began --with the transatlantic survival and revival of the African Drum.