Latin Music USA

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Arts, History Documentary hosted by Jimmy Smits and published by PBS in 2009 - English narration

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Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with Jazz, Rock, Country, Rhythm and Blues - music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It’s a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all.

The series features the stories of an extraordinary range of artists, including Salsa greats Willie Colón and Marc Anthony; the Latin-inflected sounds found in much of sixties Rock and Roll, from the Drifters to Motown to the Rolling Stones; Jazz fused with Cuban rhythms from Mario Bauzá and Chano Pozo, the genius of Texas accordion player Flaco Jiménez; Carlos Santana; Linda Ronstadt; the legendary Chicano Rock band Los Lobos; megastars Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Ricky Martin and Juanes; Miami rapper Pitbull; Reggaetón performers Daddy Yankee and Tego Calderón; and Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. The life experiences of these and many other unforgettable artists will reveal how Latinos have reinvented their music in the United States, while never losing sight of their own rich traditions.

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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.

[edit] The Salsa Revolution

Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent the Cuban Son and the Puerto Rican Plena, adding elements from Soul and Jazz to create Salsa, which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

[edit] The Chicano Wave

Mexican-Americans in CA, TX and across the Southwest create their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Their music would play an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propel them from the barrio to the national stage.

[edit] Divas and Superstars

ocuses on the Latin Pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven Pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions – Spanish Rap and Reggaetón, as well as Rock en Español.

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  • Video Format : x264 AVC CABAC
  • Video Bit rate : ~1750 Kbps
  • Video Resolution : 704x400 pixels
  • Video Display aspect ratio : 16:9
  • Video Frame rate : 29.970 fps
  • Audio Language : English
  • Audio Format : AC-3
  • Audio Bit rate : 192 Kbps CBR @48KHz
  • Audio Channel(s) : 2 channels
  • Number of Parts: 4+2Extras
  • Part Size: 746MB
  • RunTime Per Part: ~52mins
  • Source: DVD-rip
  • Encoded by: DocSocrates

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