Reel Harlem Film Festival presents “From Mambo to Hip Hop”

This summer’s Reel Harlem: 10th Annual Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival continues this week with a look at the historic connections between Latinos and Hip Hop culture back-in-the-day as it went down in the Bronx and Spanish Harlem in director Henry Chalfant’s documentary film “From Mambo to Hip Hop.”

As Part of Maysles Cinema’s Outdoor Screening Series, this film will be screened at the Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem on Wednesday, July 13th at 8:30 pm – and it’s FREE for all! Before the film, The National Jazz Museum All Stars will perform a Latin Jazz Tribute at 7:00pm.

Watch the preview video:

“From Mambo to Hip Hop”

Dir. Henry Chalfant, 2006, 56 min

“From Mambo to Hip Hop packs into one hour the incredible history of a community that, despite the odds, fueled a musical revolution. Anyone with a passion for the music that’s emerged from the cultural melting pot that is New York will devour Henry Chalfant’s film. Chalfant also directed the seminal graffiti documentary Style Wars. It’s a privilege and a genuine treat to have access to this footage and these interviews. From Mambo to Hip Hop delivers a terrific insight into the post war jazz and mambo era and traces the evolution of music from salsa to disco to hip hop. This is a story rooted in the South Bronx and it’s a tale told with both pride and passion.

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