Latin Rhythm From Mambo to Hip Hop
Introductory Essay (PDF)
Weekly Handout (PDF)

April 25
Film: Linebaugh Public Library, 4-6 p.m.

Latin Music USA: BridgesLatin Music USA, Episode 1: Bridges

This fresh take on American musical history reaches across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. See the rise of Latin jazz with the great Machito and the explosion of the mambo with Pérez Prado. And watch as Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock throughout the 1960s, from the Drifters to Santana up to today. Episode One, Bridges, traces the rise of Latin Jazz and the explosion of the Mambo and the Cha Cha Chá as they sweep the US from East to West. Latin Music infiltrates R&B and Rock and Roll through the 1960s.

From Mambo to Hip HopFrom Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale

There's a postage stamp of urban sidewalk known by people of a certain age for having burned to the ground. A more recent generation knows it as the place where hip-hop was born. An older generation remembers the time that this turf produced a New York Latin music sound that came to be known as salsa. From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale is an hour-long documentary that tells a story about the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York salsa sound; continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood, but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip-hop from the ashes; and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood's music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and, in the process, take the world's pop culture by storm.

Discussion led by Dr. Felicia Miyakawa of MTSU's School of Music.


April 26
Concert: Murfreesboro City Hall Plaza, 5-6 p.m.

Amerigo Gazaway (and B-boys)


Both events are free and open to the public.

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Center for Popular Music Linebaugh Public Library City of Murfreesboro Middle Tennessee State University Tribeca Film Institute National Endowment for the Humanities American Library Association Tribeca Flashpoint Society for American Music