Masters of Rhythm with addendum

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"...a rare and delightful glimpse. The film...capture[s] the artistry, love, and philosophy...."
John Santos (seven times Grammy nominee; US Artists Fontanals Fellow)
"...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
Video Librarian (C. Block)

This documentary, shot in Peru, features three fantastic and charismatic percussionists from the Afro-Peruvian community who jam, 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 with addendum

"...a rare and delightful glimpse. The film...capture[s] the artistry, love, and philosophy...."
John Santos (seven times Grammy nominee; US Artists Fontanals Fellow)
"...an intimate portrait of the master practitioners of the rhythmic music central to Afro-Peruvian heritage. Highly recommended."
Video Librarian (C. Block)

This documentary, shot in Peru, features three fantastic and charismatic percussionists from the Afro-Peruvian community who jam, 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.

6 Videos

  • Masters of Rhythm with addendum

    27m · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Lalo Izquierdo Explains Afro-Peruvian Talking Drums

    4m 31s · Downloadable

  • More about zapateo

    5m 31s · Downloadable

  • Juan de Dios Soto cooks "carapulcra"

    5m 47s · Downloadable

  • la Valentina-dance filmed in Peru

    1m 4s · Downloadable

  • la Valentina-dance with narration

    58s · Downloadable

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  1. Masters of Rhythm with addendum

    27m · Downloadable

    We took three master percussionists and brought them together to talk and jam, and the result was magic. Famous Afro-Peruvian masters Lalo Izquierdo, Cotito and Huevito (ably supported by the fine guitar of Coco Linares plus singer Leticia Coray Morino), they talk about their lives, their culture and how they learned their rhythms, Focused on the cajón drum, the documentary also contains zapateo fancy footwork dance, photos of the annual Interna...

    Subs available in English
  2. 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...

  3. More about zapateo

    5m 31s · Downloadable

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  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. 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.

  6. 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.