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Fania All Stars

 Latin Music USA is a documentary that takes a fresh look at the history of American music.   Beginning tonight on most PBS stations, the series shows how Latin music has influenced - and been influenced by - jazz, country, R&B, and rock.

The film, a combination of interviews and music, is narrated in English by Jimmy Smits.  A Spanish version of the series will run on V-me, on October 13 and 20.

Episode 1 focuses on Latin jazz as well as the popularity of the Mambo and Cha Cha ; episode 2 examines the evolution of salsa; the music created by Mexican-Americans in the Southwest is covered in episode 3; the final installment looks at how Latin pop today can mean anything from songs in English to rock en español.

You can see a preview here.




Photo by klem@s. Creative Commons license.

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