Masters of Rhythm-EDU-Doc w/video extras

"...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
Video Librarian (C. Block)
"...the energy is palpable.... [W]ill leave viewers wanting to see, hear, and know more.... A fine choice."
EMRO (Edu. Media Online) (Barbara J. Waters, Longmont Pub. Lib.)

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The documentary is accompanied by several video Extras: "Afro-Peruvian "Talking Drums," "Juan de Dios Soto cooks carapulcra," etc.

This documentary, shot in Peru, features three fantastic and charismatic percussionists from the Afro-Peruvian community who perform, shoot the breeze, and inform us about their music and how they learned it. Short interviews, and shots of Afro-Peruvian towns, add to our understanding of the culture. It is a fascinating part of the African Diaspora!

The three percussionists are Lalo Izquierdo, Cotito (Juan Medrano Cotito), and Huevito (Freddy Huevito Lobatón). All three tour internationally and are very well known in Peru. They are ably accompanied in three of the performance sequences by the equally well-known guitarist, Coco Linares. In addition, singer Leticia Coray Merino adds her fine voice to two of the performances.

The documentary includes an addendum that gives us a glimpse of a rehearsal of the "hatajos de negritos," part of the traditional Afro-Peruvian celebration of Christmas. The extras that are included here provide information about other aspects of the culture: the cuisine, the Afro-Peruvian talking drums, more about zapateo fancy footwork, and a dance whose origin is a mystery to most Afro-Peruvians but which we explain as a means of showing how traditional cultures can be inadvertently modified.

  • Masters of Rhythm: the Afro-Peruvian Way

    27m — 1 text track

    "...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
    Video Librarian (C. Block)
    "...the energy is palpable.... [W]ill leave viewers wanting to see, hear, and know more.... A fine choice."
    EMRO (Edu. Me...

  • Trip to el Carmen district

    7m 19s

    The el Carmen district in southern coastal Peru is known as a center of Afro-Peruvian culture. This short video gives you an idea of what it's like to go there, and what you can expect to find. From the bus trip down from Lima to graphic illustrations of the artistic vibrancy of the community, ...

  • la Valentina-dance filmed in Peru

    1m 4s

    Filmed in Peru, this dance (called "la Valentina") is the subject of some confusion. Is it Afro-Peruvian or Afro-Caribbean? We give you just the dance here because it's so much fun to watch. To find out about it and resolve the confusion, watch the version with narration.

  • la Valentina-dance with narration

    58s

    For those of you interested in how a tradition can be confused, or for those of you who are interested in how world dance develops in the modern world, we offer you this dance with an explanation. The man who explained it to us, Lalo Izquierdo, is an Afro-Peruvian dancer, choreographer, percussi...

  • Juan de Dios Soto cooks "carapulcra"

    5m 47s

    "Carapulcra" is a signature Afro-Peruvian dish. In the countryside, in towns that are largely Afro-Peruvian, it is often eaten with "sopa seca," another typically Afro-Peruvian dish.

    The base is potatoes - dried potatoes if you are from Lima, regular potatoes if you are from the countryside. ...

  • More about zapateo-EDU

    5m 31s

    Here, percussionists/dancers Lalo Izquierdo and Huevito (Freddy Huevito Lobatón) talk about the Afro-Peruvian fancy footwork "zapateo" of which they are masters...how the steps are put together, who chooses the judge, how the old way of doing it was more complicated than the modern version. Join...

  • Lalo Izquierdo Explains Afro-Peruvian Talking Drums

    4m 31s

    As we saw in the full documentary, the cajón was used as a means of communication in the days of slavery between the communities of escaped slaves and their brothers and sisters who had not been able to escape. This mirrors the "talking drums" found in many regions of Africa.

    Izquierdo expl...

  • Masters of Rhythm-EDU-Doc w/video extras

    7 videos

    "...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
    Video Librarian (C. Block)
    "...the energy is palpable.... [W]ill leave viewers wanting to see, hear, and know more.... A fine choice."
    EMRO (Edu. Media...

  • Masters of Rhythm-EDU-FULL PACKET

    7 videos

    "...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
    Video Librarian (C. Block)
    "...the energy is palpable.... [W]ill leave viewers wanting to see, hear, and know more.... A fine choice."
    EMRO (Edu. Media...

  • Pearls from the Sea: Music & Dance of Tahiti

    1 video

    This 50-minute documentary is most memorable for the lively, fast-paced performances of the dancers of the California-based group, Te Mana 'O Te Ra. Te Mana 'O Te Ra have performed throughout the United States as well as in Hawaii and Tahiti, itself

    All numbers are accompanied by live music un...