A cinematic and musical celebration of Latin culture through a screening of the most famous documentary of New York Latin music in the 1970s, held in La Bodeguita at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
Directed by Oscar winner Leon Gast ('When We Were Kings').
In the early 1970s, a group of musicians were about to take salsa music to the four corners of the globe – The Fania All-Stars.
Centred around an incendiary gig at one of promoter Ralph Mercado's fantastically popular Thursday night jams at the Cheetah in New York in August 1971, the film documents the raw Nu Yorican Latin sound at its zenith.
Starring Willie Colon, Ray Barretto and "El Cantante" Hector Lavoe, the footage is spliced with atmospheric street scenes in Spanish Harlem.
This screening is held to celebrate the film's first official release on DVD by Strut / Fania.
You can eat rice and beans and drink to your heart's content, just like at a block party in 'El Barrio'.
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