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Routes of rhythm, part 2

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Routes of rhythm, part 2
Belafonte, Harry, 1927- (Host)
Oviedo, Isaac, 1902-1986 (Performer)
López, Orestes, 1908- (Performer)
Jorrín, Enrique (Performer)
Rosow, Eugene (Producer)
Dratch, Howard (Producer)
Blank, Les (Director)
Tropicana (Night club : Havana, Cuba) (Event place)
Rosow, Eugene (Director)
Dratch, Howard (Director)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1989
Table of Contents
Development of Afro-Cuban music in Cuba, its relationship to political events, and its discovery by American visitors such as Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Interviews with and/or performances by the Martí Sisters; guitarist Isaac Oviedo; Orestes López, who composed the first mambo; and Enrique Jorrín, composer of the first cha-cha-cha; and the Orquesta Anacaona, an all-female group of singers and musicians. The blending of jazz and Cuban music is traced, from its beginnings in the 1880s with W. C. Handy and its continuation in the 1920s with Louis Armstrong. Dances depicted include the rumba, mambo, and cha-cha-cha, as well as dance performances at the Tropicana nightclub in Havana and at a parade.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3218
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3385 cassette 2 (former)
Gottschalk, Louis Moreau, 1829-1869
Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971
Rumba (Dance)
Mambo (Dance)
Cha-cha (Dance)
Music -- Latin America
Music -- Cuba
Dance -- Cuba
Latin Americans
Television programs
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Presented by KCET-TV/Los Angeles. Producers/directors: Eugene Rosow and Howard Dratch. New York and Cuban music and dance sequences directed and photographed by Les Blank. Writer: Linda Post. Host: Harry Belafonte.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (57 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 3/4 in.
Part 2 of a three-part documentary on the history and development of Afro-Cuban music in Cuba and the United States, profusely illustrated with footage of ritual, social, and theatrical music and dance, drawn from archival sources or filmed on location.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Spanish, Castilian
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY936006849-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12174586
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 452a7bb0-b3bb-0136-0bb3-75742e4612bc
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1989: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Routes of rhythm" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1989.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Routes of rhythm" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 15, 2021.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1989). Routes of rhythm Retrieved from

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Routes of rhythm