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Latin Music USA; Bridges/ The Salsa Revolution


LMUSA101(Stacked version Masters) Bridges and Salsa Revolution, Green Label Master (Not Closed-captioned)Tape 1/2)

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Latin Music USA
Bridges/ The Salsa Revolution
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Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues - music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It's a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all.

From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, LATIN MUSIC USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll — and on all of American culture. It’s a fresh take on America's musical history, reaching across time and across musical genres to embrace the exciting hybrid sounds created by Latinos, musical fusions that have deeply enriched popular music in the U.S. over more than five decades. Jimmy Smits narrates. Series release date: 10/12/2009

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Bridges A new wave of music and dance styles—Latin jazz, the mambo, and the cha cha chá—sweep across the nation from New York City to San Francisco. Latin music influences rock and roll and rhythm and blues through the 1960s.

Latin Jazz (Afro-Cuban Jazz) In the 1940s, Cuban musicians living in New York City performed with renowned African American bandleaders such as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. They began to mix Cuban rhythms and instruments with American jazz riffs, creating an exciting new sound that is still popular today.

The Salsa Revolution n New York City, Puerto Rican and other Latino musicians blend Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms with soul and jazz to create the popular salsa sound.

Salsa Salsa is not only a spicy sauce. It’s also a popular Latin music and dance style known for its high-energy, hip-swaying rhythms and exciting turns. In the late 1960s, innovative Latino musicians in New York City created the sound from a mix of Puerto Rican and Cuban rhythms, soul, and jazz. Salsa’s popularity soon spread to Latin America and beyond. Today, people from all corners of the globe move to salsa’s infectious beat.

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