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SUN RA’s 1959 CRY OF JAZZ (Movie in 6 parts)

Posted in documentary, Jazz, jazz icons, Sun Ra, video archives on April 11, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Le Sony’r Ra 1953 (Sun Ra)

Touted as the most controversial film since The Birth of a Nation, The Cry of Jazz–a 1959 film essay on the spiritual status of blacks in America read through the structure of jazz music–was framed as a response to the consequences of racial division and oppression made clear in D.W. Griffith’s Klan-centered portrayal of post-bellum America.

Directed by composer Ed Bland, the highly stylized Cry of Jazz features a very early Sun Ra (then known as Le Sun Ra) with his Arkestra demonstrating the film’s argument: that rhythmic form and harmony in jazz are emanations of the restraint and the futureless future suffered by blacks in America, while melodic improvisation and rhythmic conflict are the joyful freedom and liberating deification of the present, which cry out despite the conditions of constraint.

The film, as you can watch in four parts below, famously ends with the controversial claim that jazz, like the ‘negro’ in America, is dead. Filmed at the cusp of post-bop, the film’s conclusion cannot account for the explosion of post-bop, modal jazz and free jazz (not to mention the funk, soul, samba, etc. of the coming decades). And it is worth noting that John Gilmore, saxophonologist for the Arkestra, was giving Coltrane informal lessons around the time of the filming, in the late 50s. And in addition to this, around the time this film was made, Sunny Ra pulled his ‘going electric,’ recording “India” on the album Super-Sonic Jazz–introducing the electric keyboard (a Wurlitzer) to jazz music. Perhaps every faithful congregation needs an occasional theothanatosy to remind them whose job it is to keep the heavenly creature alive.
Debuting April 3-9, 1959, in Chicago, the film is being screened April 9, 2010, at the Orphan Film Symposium put on by the Tisch School of Arts in New York City. Register now, their website warns, Seating Is Limited!

Whether you buy into the larger argument or not (that is: repeated concatenating chord sequences like the chains of enslavement, with bursts of improvisation a kind of cry from the field), the foreground of the vivid present, the image of man peculiarly sensitive to that present, and the liberating energy of the polymetric conflict between the strength and length of musical stresses in response to that sensitivity, are observations relevant to any outlook on creativity in today’s world, especially (it seems to me) to the poet’s.

“SHUNGA POP” FLIP’s Solo Show @ Pure Evil Gallery – London / UK

Posted in FLIP arte br, video archives on March 21, 2011 by Listen Recovery

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Posted in Cuba, Cuba Music, video archives on February 14, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Show Poster for Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba 1974 Adadda Drums

CONJUNTO FOLKLORICO NACIONAL DE CUBA was founded in 1962. The Ensemble has always had as main purposes to contribute to the rescue and recovery of our dance and musical roots with the possibility of choosing those manifestations of truely artistic value so as to organize them in accordance with the modern theatretical techniques without betraying its folklore essence.Today after 35 years of being founded the Ensemble has developed an Art style.It is Theater-Folklore with strong aesthetic effectiviness and power on stage.

El Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba has provided more than eight hundred thousand representations through its 93 international tours in Europe, America and Asia, audiences from more than three hundred cities and towns have applauded the profound national art of this dance ensemble. The most prestigious stages in the world, from Paris to Moscow, from Lima to Mexico, New York ,Canada, Madrid, from Florence to Varsovia to Argel, Washington D.C , Angola, Mozambique, Ghana or Zambia have received with acceptance its performance and different audiences have acclaimed in numerous languages the traditional songs and dances created by the Cuban people.

State-of-the-art stages as the Palace of the Berlin Republic or the ancient marbles of the Argel Roman Theater have vibrated with the rhythyms of the drums, songs and dances performed by theConjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba.

International Folklore Festival as the Sarah Bernhardt Theater of Nations from Paris , Cervantino from Guanajuato, Mexico, Carifesta from Guyana and others have happily received the friendly homage the artists of the Ensemble have offered to them and they have also awarded this beautiful behavior with Awards and Diplomas such as:the Golden Barrel and the Silver Necklace given by the International Festival of La Viña in 1975 held in Dijón, France and la Usuta de Oro in the Festi’Danza 1974 y 1984 in Peru, the Billingham Tray ,England and the Golden Temple from Sicily, Italy among others.

Trinidad Torregrosa
Trinidad in front of his canastillero or altar with set of bata drums under construction.

Trinidad Torregosa
Trinidad was one of the first drummers in Havana who was both a drum maker and excellent player.

Fernando Ortiz with Aguedo Moralés, Pablo Roche, Jesús Pérez

Los Primeros Tamboreros Yoruba de Cuba
Trinidad Torregrosa, Pablo Roche, Raúl Diaz, “Pablo” and Giraldo Rodríguez, 1954 (Crédits photo: Fernando Ortiz)

Jesús Pérez

Carlos Lazaro Aldama Pérez – 1959

Isora Pedroso por Eleguá


CAITRO SOTO, Toro Mata (writer/composer/performer) Afroperuvian Legend.

Posted in Caitro Soto, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro, photography, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Pedro Carlos Soto de la Colina, popularly known as Caitro Soto (born in San Luis, Cañete Province, Peru, October 23, 1934 – Lima, July 19, 2004) was an Afro-Peruvian musician and composer. He was known for his version of the Peruvian folk song, “Toro Mata” and as part of the Afro-Peruvian artist’s collective Peru Negro.
Soto appeared in The Motorcycle Diaries as “Papá Carlito”, a resident of the leper colony at San Pablo, Peru. There is a Caitro Soto CD entitled “De Cajon.”

Ranil & Los Wemblers de Iquitos play La Danza del Petrolero (videos by Barbes Records)

Posted in Chicha Music, Peru Music Icon, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

NICOMEDES SANTA CRUZ, Afroperuvian Legend. “Marinera, Festejo Y Lando” (Videos)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro, Peru Treasures, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

CHE GUEVARA faking he doesn’t speak perfect english in Ireland. 1964

Posted in Che Ernesto Guevara, Revolutionary/Revolucionario, video archives on February 6, 2011 by Listen Recovery