|Howard B. Dratch||Director|
|Source:||New Video Group|
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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.