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Today! June 23: FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP: BRONX 7:30-10pm. Free! Outdoor Screening



Rescheduled Due to Weather: Tuesday, June 23, 7:30pm to 10:00pm

7:30 to 8:30pm DJ David Medina

8:30 to 9:30pm Film
9:30pm to 10pm Q&A with director Henry Chalfant

Free admission

Location: Target Community Garden, 1025 Anderson Avenue, Bronx, NY

About From Mambo to Hip Hop
Produced by Elena Martínez and Steve Zeitlin, directed by Henry Chalfant. 56 minutes.
Even in its darkest period, the Bronx created young hip hop artists in music, dance, art, and poetry in the forms of deejay mixes, b-boying, graffiti, and rap. Chalfant shows how closely linked are the two cultures of salsa and breaking.

New York City’s borough of the South Bronx was home to many of the new immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other Caribbean islands in the late 40s and early 50s. Machito had already made his musical mark with his Afro-Cuban mixture of Caribbean music and jazz. Mambo ruled the dance floor. Soon Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, and Eddie Palmieri joined existing bands and then formed their own groups to introduce new songs, rhythms, and dances, all of which eventually led to the salsa revolution of the 1970s.  The Fania All-Stars propelled salsa across the nation and beyond.

Growing up in the midst of salsa rhythms, younger dancers, both African American and Latinos, responded most strongly to the instrumental “breaks” being selected by deejays rebelling against the disco craze of the 70s. Soon mixes of these breaks became the music for “break dancers” (eventually known as b-boys/b-girls).

Latino USA presents : ‘A Latino History of Hip-Hop’ Part : 1 & 2

Latino USA is the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio.


Website: Latinousa.org


For the first part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop learn about the early years by talking to legends like Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase. They break down the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti, and break dancing and explore how New York City made it all possible.


Much is inferred when we say the word “Hip-Hop” and it isn’t always positive but besides that, it usually is tagged as a “Black” thing. Totally unfair and un-true! Ensconced in the global roots of the genre, are Latino giants who after all these years, continue to be overlooked or overshadowed due to the “Black and White” mindset as my interview subject Daisy Rosario so aptly put it.

Rosario and her cohort Marlon Bishop, decided enough was enough, and pulled together an audio documentary which celebrates Hip-Hop from the Latino perspective. A much needed conversation, the series brings us the stories, insights and perspectives of Latinos who have on both coasts, set the stage and laid the foundation for much of what we call “Real Hip-Hop,” outside of any racial lines. They helped create and elevate the craft as well as define the “pillars” accepted as basic tenets of Hip-Hop as a whole.


“A Latino History of Hip-Hop” Part II Episode, a continuation of “A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part I,”  air[s] [today] on Friday, June 5. While Part I, which aired on March 20, examined the origins of Hip-Hop in New York City, Part II will explore the profound contributions of Latinos to Hip-Hop culture from the late 80’s to present day, focusing primarily on the music in major U.S. cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Latino influence on hip-hop culture is so widely overlooked. 

The segment examines the legacy of the late Big Pun (Christipher Lee Rios), the first Latin rapper to go ever platinum and emerge from the underground Hip-Hop scene in The Bronx. Additionally, the show features special guest Mellow Man Ace, who’s Spanglish hit “Mentirosa” put Latinos on the West Coast hip-hop map. Other guests include rising Puerto Rican star Bodega Bamz and Miami’s DJ Laz. (LatinoUSA.org)

Latino USA (latinousa.org) is a radio program distributed by National Public Radio (NPR). Check out our exclusive interview with series co-creator Daisy Rosario below!

A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part I: NOW on LatinoUSA.org


A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part 2: NOW on LatinoUSA.org


For the second part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop, Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop explore what happens when rap music becomes big business. We hear from Spanglish rap pioneer Mellow Man Ace, chat with radio personalities Bobbito Garcia and Cipha Sounds, find out about how DJ Laz put his spin on Miami bass, and we pay tribute to the legendary Big Pun.


Daisy Rosario

Daisy Rosario is a comedian, writer and producer of things from radio stories to live events. Recently graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, she also works with The Moth and the Upright CitizensBrigade Theatre. Daisy has interned at Radiolab, taken a play she directed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is an obsessive baseball fan. Her story “Child of Trouble,” was featured on the Peabody award-winning Moth Radio Hour. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Marlon Bishop

Marlon Bishop is a radio producer and journalist with a focus on Latin America, New York City, music and the arts. He got his start in radio producing long-form documentaries on Latin music history for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. After a stint reporting for the culture desk at New York Public Radio (WNYC), Marlon spent several years writing for MTV Iggy, MTV”s portal for global music and pop culture. Marlon has also lived and traveled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, the Village Voice, Billboard and Fusion, among other outlets. He is currently a staff Producer for Latino USA.

June 4: Kool DJ Red Alert, Marlon B & Looie Loo @ Spanish Harlem Hop Park Jams E. 109th & 3rd Ave NYC

2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams presented by Rane! Dedicated to Flyer King Buddy Esquire & Lucky Strike 
June 4: Kool DJ Red Alert, Marlon B & Looie Loo
June 11: Eclipse, Evil Dee & Sucio Smash
June 18: Bobbito, Tony Touch & Forrest Getemgump
June 25: PopMaster Fabel, Bobby Morales & Lean Rock
Forever Host: GrandMaster Caz! Sound by DJ Jazzy Jay

Free! All Ages! Every Thursday in June from 3-7pm @ Poor Richard’s Playground E. 109th & 3rd Ave E. Harlem 6 train to 110th St. or trywww.hopstop.com.

Still Photography is welcome but No Video/Filming. No Alcohol or Drugs. No Vending without permission. Do not go behind the ropes or on stage.

The Friends of Crotona Park, Rane & Tools of War present:
JULY 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: CROTONA PARK JAMS
4-8pm Free! All Ages! Feat. Legends & Pioneers Only on the turntables. It’s All About the DJs! Host: GrandMaster Caz. Enter Crotona Park at Crotona Park East & Charlotte St. Bronx NYC. 2 or 5 Train to 174th. Bronx NYC or BX 11, 15, 17, or 55. Every Thursday in July!

4-8pm. Free! All Ages! DJs rock their funkiest but rarest tracks from back in the days that no one should be able to identify. St. Nicholas Park on 135th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. Harlem NYC. B/C to 135th. Every Tuesday in August!

somewhere in either the Bronx or Harlem, God willing!

DJs who confirmed to rock the 2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams include Jazzy Jay, Biz Markie, DJ Steve Dee, Bobbito, Bobby Morales, Dj Lean Rock, DJ Slyce, Charlie Chase, Jorge Fabel Pabon (of course), Grandmaster Caz, DJ Marlon B, GrandWizzard Theodore, Chairman Mao, Kool DJ Red Alert, Looie Loo, DJ Eclipse, Evil Dee, Sucio Smash, Tony Touch, Forrest Getemgump, Rockin Rob, Chuck City, Sucio Smash, Edan, Undercover Brother, Raichous, Dr Duss & more tba!


RANE dj.rane.com (presenting)

FRIENDS OF CROTONA PARK (presenting) www.facebook.com/groups/135902836436195

CORNELL HIP HOP COLLECTION http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop

BETWEEN THE COVERS RARE BOOKS www.betweenthecovers.com

BORN IN THE BRONX www.amazon.com/Born-Bronx-Visual-Record-Early/dp/0789315408

ODYSSEY: www.odysseygear.com/

JOE CONZO: www.JoeConzo.com

IGNACIO SOLTERO: http://deejaysoul.com/

MING HAN www.facebook.com/ming.han.79?fref=ts

FABEL: www.facebook.com/JorgeFabelPabon

NOISEMAKER MEDIA: www.NoisemakerMedia.com

UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: http://unusualsuspectsshop.com/

HUSH TOURS www.hushtours.com

UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION: www.zulunation.com

DMC USA www.dmcdjchamps.com

GMC Entertainment www.facebook.com/GRANDMASTERCAZ

More sponsors welcome – Trades in DJ Gear Possible!
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Some real NY Hip Hop History from the horse’s mouth!
If you listen to Hip Hop here’s a great piece on its early stages..
Thanks for the quick lesson my friend Jorge Fabel Pabon!!
“All the components of so-called Hip Hop have deeper roots, from so-called “graffiti” (stylized urban lettering) to MCin’, DJin’ and the dance forms associated with the culture. Herc, Bam, the L Bros, the Smoke-A -Trons and many others were continuing a legacy that was all ready in motion. The turning point was when Herc started extending the breaks, which Flash perfected and Grand Wizzard Theodore added to with scratchin’ & needle droppin’. The block parties, park jams, house parties, hookie sets, community center jams and other spots that featured this style of spinnin’ with no age, dance or dress code solidified a place for a culture that eventually became known as Hip Hop.Hip Hop was the youths rebellious alternative to the older crowd’s, dressed up, disco scene where you couldn’t get in if you didn’t have money or dressed appropriately and would be ridiculed if you floor/down rocked for more than a few seconds. Hip Hop jams were inclusive to all where as Disco clubs were exclusive.

I believe Herc, Bam, the L Bros, Smokey and the Smoke-A-Trons, Disco King Mario and many others were responsible for bringing together and defining a culture that all ready existed in certain ways. Nothing comes from a void. We simply add on and evolve.” = Jorge Fabel Pabon