The Cuban Music and Dance Movie Thread

Discussion in 'Salser@s Anonymous' started by bailar y tocar, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    This is about movies that are about Cuban music and dance:

    La Tropical, Cuba 2002
    Documentary about the music venue in Havana called Salon Rosado de Tropical.

    El Benny, Cuba date?
    A musical biography of Benny Moré and the era of the mambo plus his decent and death due to alcohol.

    Van Van Fever, Cuba 2010
    Documentary of Los Van Van's 2006 tour of the island to reconnect with their home based fans.

    I haven't seen these yet:

    La Salsa Cubana / La Rueda de Guanabacoa, Cuba/US 2011
    Screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival April 4 and April 9.

    The Black Roots of Salsa, Cuba/Switzerland date?
    Advance screening at a salsa festival in Poland, no release date as yet.
  2. timberamayor

    timberamayor Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    I give this documentary 6 stars out of 5 :) For those who haven't seen it, the filmmaker hung out for a week or two at La Tropical (voted Best Venue to Dance Timba) and picked out a few people musicians, professional dancers and "audience" and followed their lives closely. It gives you such a true look at a cross-section of life in Cuba with La Tropical as the common point bringing it all together. A must see!

    I like this movie but I wish they had started with his childhood to give us more background about how he became who he became and how he got into music in the first place. But I really like the movie.

    I haven't seen this one yet. I also recommend the documentary "Ya empezó la fiesta". It's an Argentinean documentary from right about 2001 right after they won the Grammy for "Llegó Van Van". It has some very interesting interviews in it.

    I haven't seen them either. I doubt they will be coming to Sweden any time soon, so I hope they are available at the filmmakers' websites.

    I don't know if you've seen "Popular!" the documentary by Jen Paz about La Charanga Habanera from what may be their most popular period ever, when "Soy Cubano, Soy Popular" had been released and Ebblis "El Boni" Valdivia, Leoni Torres, Aned Mota and Noel Diaz were the singers and Yulién Oviedo was still on timbales, as well as singing lead on a few songs. My two favorite CH CDs are "Tremedno Delirio" and "Soy Cubano, Soy Popular", and CH used to be my favorite group, so I really enjoyed this documentary.

    Yulién from the Documentary pre-reggaeton

    Yulién pre-charanga

    She also did one that is a sort of Reaggaeton versus Salsa in Cuba video called "The Animals of Cuban Music" playing in the name of the famous reggaeton song "Soy el animal". It's also interesting. A look at things a few years later. Yulién Oviedo has left CH to do reggaeton. Lots of interviews with Alexander Forever from Gente D'Zona as well as with timba musicians and other reaggaeton musicians.

    I have to think if I can remember other documentaries or movies...
  3. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    Just saw La Salsa Cubana/La Rueda de Guanabacoa, Cuba/US 2011. They had a screening at the MSP Latin Film Festival. The show was sold out so they scheduled another show post festival.

    The film follows a group of rueda dancers from Guanabacoa, a town just outside Havana, and their challenges as they get ready for the TV rueda championship on Bailar Casino. In parallel, there are documentary interviews with the old timers who were there when rueda de casino was invented in the early 60's. Some of them are still dancing and doing it well.

    The rueda group specific scenes and interviews are actually typical of all dance groups. The conflicts, differences in artistic direction, egos etc are the same in all dance groups. Those scenes would translate to any dance team.

    The rueda de casino history interviews are fascinating. A lot of things I didn't know about rueda, its origins, who danced it, how it evolved and what it has become today in Cuba.

    After the movie our dance team performed a rueda at the after party club. I was a little anxious that we would look bad compared to the Cubans on film. We had one of the tightest performances ever, maybe the tightest ever. Inspiration ? Rising to the challenge ?

    If there is a latin film festival in your town, you should advocate to have the film shown there.
  4. azzey

    azzey El Sabroso de Conguero

    Any way to watch these documentaries online? or another way? e.g. DVD

    We have film festivals here but haven't seen anything on Cuba.
  5. terence

    terence Maestro 'Descarga' Cachao

    The majority of English people in the UK, would think you had missed out a word before cuba ( Oxo or maybe Sugar )
  6. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    3rd Annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival announced..


    Films with music and dance content:

    March 8
    Nosotros, la Música (We are the Music)
    Director: Rogelio Paris
    Runtime: 66 min
    Language: Spanish with English subtitles
    Year: 1964
    Showtime: Thu, Mar 8 at 7pm

    Synopsis: Mesmerizing black and white footage of 1960s Cuba, the iconic performers indivisible from the audience. Paired with Alabbá (2010), an exploration of the Santería religion, past and present.

    March 29
    Yo soy, del Son a la Salsa (From Son to Salsa)
    Director: Rigoberto Lopez
    Runtime: 100 min
    Language: Spanish with English subtitles
    Year: 1996
    Showtimes: Thu, Mar 29 at 7pm

    Synopsis: 1996 Grand Coral award-winner. A joyous exploration of 100 years of Cuban and Caribbean music starting in the mountains of Oriente province. Interviews with the great salseros!
  7. timberamayor

    timberamayor Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

  8. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    This film was awesome. The rights are owned by RMM succesor so it should be available. A must see for every salsero. The narrator is a very young Issac Delgado (now I know why so many girls were crazy about him in 1996!). They start off tame and easy in Oriente. Then the fireworks begin with interviews and music by all of the past and living greats (living in 1996). Arsenio, Cachao, Machito, Mario Bauza, the Titos: Puente, Rodriguez, Gomez, Cheo, Papo Lucca, Marc Anthony, Oscar, Lavoe, Willie Colon, Ruben & many many more. The closing is with LVV and Mayito in 1996 (no wonder the girls are crazy about the Cubans). The theme is about how salsa is the common culture of Cuba, PR, Colombia, Venezuela, Nueva York and that the Son, Guaracha, Mambo, Pachanga was rebranded as Salsa so it could travel all over the world and reach all the places where people post on salsaforums today.

    A Must See!

    You can probably find it online somewhere, the film was marketed by Ralph Mercado's company which is based in NY.

  9. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander


    The 4th Annual Minnesota Cuban FilmFestival is underway. Quoted below was last year's highlight - a must see for anyone who listens/plays/dances salsa.

    This year's program has 3 (out of 6) films with musical content.
  10. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    The 4th Annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival Music/Dance Films.

    Irremediablemente Juntos (Hopelessly Together)
    [​IMG]Cuba • 104 min • Spanish w/English subtitles • Narrative • 2012
    Directed by: Jorge Luis Sánchez
    From the director of El Beny, a musical drama with a frank take on race, class divisions and corruption.

    One Among Thousands
    [​IMG]USA • 77 min • Spanish w/English subtitles • Documentary • 2009
    Directed by: Carlos G. Meier
    A bittersweet documentary about Santa Fe musician Victor Alvarez, on of the "Peter Pan" children, who revisits his Cuban homeland for the first time in 43 years.
    Special Guest Appearance by Victor Alvarez!

    Los 100 Sones Cubanos (The 100 Cuban "Sones")
    [​IMG]Cuba/Dominican Republic • 81 min • Spanish w/English subtitles • Documentary • 2010
    Directed by: Edesio Alejandro, Rubén Consuegra
    In search of authentic Cuban sones (a Cuban musical tradition), the filmmakers travel the island for the best examples of the music and its artsts.
  11. timberamayor

    timberamayor Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    wish we got more cuban films here. i'¨ll have to watch for these on the internet
  12. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    An unlikely addition to the Cuban Music and Dance Movie Thread:

    The movie is mostly about food and a father/son relationship but there are salsa bands playing with Jose C Hernandez aka "Perico" singing lead vocals.
    He is a famous 'sones tradicional' singer who also performed with Nachito Herrera at the "A Night in Havana" event in St. Paul Minnesota a few weeks ago.

    Attached Files:

  13. timberamayor

    timberamayor Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    Here is the link finally to Emepzó la fiesta - the Van Van documentary from 2000 when they won the Grammy, ver good documentary
  14. timberamayor

    timberamayor Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    Documentary about the making of the Me dicen Cuba CD
  15. Groove On

    Groove On Sonero

  16. timberamayor

    timberamayor Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    I don't think this link was posted here yet.

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