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Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella

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A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him and have been influence by his music.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Golden Scars

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"Golden Scars presents an intimate portrait of the realities facing young musicians in Cuba, offering an exclusive look into the unique stories of two young rappers born in Santiago de Cuba. They are neither blood brothers, nor the best friends in the world. What they have in common is a passion for an expressive urban culture that gives voice to their most powerful impulses. Going beyond issues of politics and revolution, the artists share with us their passion and the roots of their musical inspiration. Their spiritual strength as well as fierce convictions drive them to pursue their odyssey despite the tensions and personal struggles with which they are confronted." -- Container.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Compay Segundo: Une Legende Cubaine = a Cuban Legend

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"One of the longest surviving legends of Cuban music, the Buena Vista Social Club's Compay Segundo was part of the musical history of his country for over 70 years ... In this insightful portrait of the man and his music, Compay Segundo reveals a century of Cuban music and politics"--Container.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero: Papa Montero's Last Rumba

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A "mockumentary" exploring the life and mysterious death of the great rumba drummer Papá Montero, assassinated during carnival. Interviews with various people are interspersed with song and dance numbers. A discovery of Cuban traditions and every day life told through beautiful images, sensual music and dance. The use of Afro-Cuban mythology is the force behind the characters as orishas guide the characters' fate.
VHS
1992; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Ahi-Nama in Cuba!

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Video compilation of seven popular Cuban musical groups.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Cuba Feliz

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Follows Miguel del Morales, a 76 year-old troubadour known as El Gallo (The Rooster), as he wanders the countryside of Cuba. He meets people of all persuasions who, like del Morales, share the passion of music that is central to the life and dreams of the Cuban people.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Viva Cuba Libre

A hard-hitting Cuban rap group takes on the Cuban state. They appear out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. Their protest lyrics are catching on like wildfire, resonating with discontented Cubans. They get no airtime and their young fans face persecution from the police. An edgy, dangerous documentary with a powerful soundtrack. Viva Cuba Libre casts an unflinching eye over the troubling reality of modern-day Cuba.
Online
2016; 2015
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Nosotros, la Música

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Music, songs and popular Cuban dances presented in a mixture of free-cinema and music magazine. --
Online
1964