Masters of Rhythm-EDUCATIONAL (with closed captions)

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"...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
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"...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.)

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.

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Masters of Rhythm-EDUCATIONAL (with closed captions)

"...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.)

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.

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  • More about zapateo-EDU

    5m 31s · Downloadable

  • la Valentina-dance with narration

    58s · Downloadable

  • la Valentina-dance filmed in Peru

    1m 4s · Downloadable

  • Juan de Dios Soto cooks "carapulcra"

    5m 47s · Downloadable

  • Lalo Izquierdo Explains Afro-Peruvian Talking Drums

    4m 31s · Downloadable

  • Masters of Rhythm-EDUCATIONAL

    27m · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Trip to Peru's el Carmen District

    7m 23s · Downloadable

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  1. More about zapateo-EDU

    5m 31s · Downloadable

    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. Joining them in the conversation is percussionist Cotito (Juan Medrano Cotito).

    Filmed in Peru. Concept, direction and editing by independent filmmaker Eve...

  2. la Valentina-dance with narration

    58s · Downloadable

    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, percussionist, and folklorist. He was present at many of the events described in the narration.

    Enjoy.

  3. la Valentina-dance filmed in Peru

    1m 4s · Downloadable

    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.

  4. Juan de Dios Soto cooks "carapulcra"

    5m 47s · Downloadable

    "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. Another ingredient is pork, plus there are many spices including lots of garlic. If you aren't going to have it with "sopa seca," it's eaten with rice or...

  5. Lalo Izquierdo Explains Afro-Peruvian Talking Drums

    4m 31s · Downloadable

    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 explained the meaning of two of the rhythms in the documentary. Here, we have included everything that he told me about the topic. First we get a repeat of w...

  6. Masters of Rhythm-EDUCATIONAL

    27m · Downloadable

    Afro-Peruvians are a little-known but important part of the African Diaspora and this community of African descendants has created a lively and appealing music. It has also contributed several instruments to the word of music, most notably the Peruvian cajón (also called a cajón drum) which has now entered Latin jazz and even Spanish flamenco.

    Our documentary focuses on three of the best-known and finest Afro-Peruvian percussionists as they pl...

    Subs available in English
  7. Trip to Peru's el Carmen District

    7m 23s · Downloadable

    In this short video, we get a glimpse of the el Carmen District in southern coastal Peru, and learn about Afro-Peruvian culture. We visit three towns: the town of el Carmen, and Guayabo and San José. We also make a brief side-trip to the plantation that essentially gave birth to these towns, the plantation called Hacienda San José, located right next to the town of San José.

    more later...