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‘Cuando los Espíritus Bailan Mambo’ Film | Exploring the Afro-Cuban traditions | 5th December 2010

Nov 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Latest News

Cuando los Espíritus Bailan MamboSunday 5th December 2010 – 2.30 – 5.00 pm
‘Cuando los Espíritus Bailan Mambo’ (When the spirits dance mambo)
Marta Morena Vega, Cuba/US 2002
Lexi cinema: 194 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3JU
Tickets in advance from your Local Choir member and the Cuban Rhum Jungle on a tuesday evening. £12 in advance £15 on the door.
The cinema is small there are limited tickets available please hurry and buy yours!

Marta Moreno Vega is a New York based Afro-Puerto Rican producer whose film ‘Cuando Los Espíritus Bailan Mambo’ has been celebrated as the first to explore the complexity of Afro-Cuban traditions without resorting to pedestrian notions of exotica and primitivism.

This absorbing documentary charts the history and continuing legacy of the sacred African religion, Le Regla de Ocha (known as Santeria), as practised in Cuba, and in particular looks at the influence of religious music on the development of Cuban popular music styles including son (salsa), rhumba, mambo, timba, Latin jazz and Cuban hip-hop. The film features interviews with priests, priestesses, scholars and musicians including Yoruba Andabo and Clave Y Guaguanco, as well as interviews with and performances by Mario Bauza, Frank Grillo, Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, among others; and also Pancho Quinto, Puntilla and others who have also passed over to the realm of the ancestors.

As developing practices in the formation of Cuban civil society, the Yoruba belief systems survived and traveled from Africa to Cuba and New York through sacred rituals, songs, music and dance. Armed with the energy of their ancestral rituals and customs, enslaved Africans carried La Regla de Ocha as protective shields believing in the power of a spiritual force for endurance, identity and empowerment.


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