Roots of Rhythm, Vol. 1: Across the Ocean (1997)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Concerts, Social History  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Sean Hurley

In this first tape of the three-tape documentary Roots of Rhythm, host Harry Belafonte traces the roots of the musical form that has come to be called Latin music. From its origins in Africa and Spain, Belafonte details the evolution of the rhythms that would eventually be carried across the sea on slave ships. Featuring archival clips of early Latin superstars, the video sets the historical stage for a thorough exploration of this passion-filled musical form.

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Africa, Cuba, Latin [language], music, odyssey, rhythm