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From Mambo to Hip Hop
From Mambo to Hip Hop
Actors: Willie Colon, Rock Steady Crew, Angel Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Bobby Sanabria
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
NR     2009     0hr 56min

There's a postage stamp of urban sidewalk known by people of a certain age for having burned to the ground. A more recent generation knows it as the place where hip hop was born. An older generation remembers the time th...  more »

     
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Actors: Willie Colon, Rock Steady Crew, Angel Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Bobby Sanabria
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Pop, Art & Artists, Dance, Educational
Studio: City Lore
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

SUPERB Latin Public TV doc Latin Music in the Bronx from 50s
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 03/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This well-crafted hour-long documentary - produced in conjunction with NYC's City Lore project and Latino Public TV - traces the music of the South Bronx, where Puerto Ricans who emigrated from Puerto Rico to the South Bronx in the 1950s and 60s merged their music with the African-Americans who moved in during the 1970s to create the original hip-hop movement of break dancing, scratching and B Boys. The first half focuses on the Mambo legends like Tito Puente - who was a mambo dancer before he became a band leader. As we learn from the interviews, "drugs came to the Bronx in 1953. It was the beginning of the end of the community". Dance halls disappeared and gangs abounded. Finally the gangs came together with a common goal: to dance and create music all their own. There was Grandmaster Flash, and The Rock Steady Crew. DJ Charlie Chase, a Latino, tells how he started. And there's a great soundtrack to take you through the story.

As a bonus, there's 67 minutes of "bonus interviews" with folks like Eddie Palmieri, Benny Bonilla, and more.

Long before RAP as we know it today, and the whole industry run by Russell Simmons and Def Jam (the "commercial side of hip-hop") there were kids who just wanted to party and make some music. This is the best film I've seen which tells the story concisely and accurately, from the mouths of those who were there. Highly recommended!



Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Hip Hop Video
doc Storm | Firenze, FI, IT | 01/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very interessing stuff, a real good documentary aboute the hip hop origin in New York
Really appreciated"