A Zest For Life: Afro-Peruvian Rhythms- a Source of Latin Jazz

This hour-long documentary and accompanying bonus videos explore the lively and colorful tradition of Afro-Peruvian music and dance. These performance arts originated in the days of slavery, created by a community resourceful in the face of adversity - a community that has made important but often unrecognized contributions to the world of music. Take, for example, the cajón, a percussion instrument wildly popular throughout Peru that has also been integrated into modern flamenco and Latin jazz. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

Bonus Videos Included:

Lalo Izquierdo and Lima Street Peddlers - Lalo Izquierdo, a folklorist as well as performer, explains the connection between Afro- Peruvians and the ubiquitous street peddlers in Lima (Peru’s capitol) in the mid-19 th century. These peddlers sold milk, sweets, home-made whiskey, fruit and vegetables, adding color and character to an interesting colonial city. Illustrated with historical watercolors.

Gabriela Shiroma and Afro-Peruvian Dances- Gabriela Shiroma, lead female dancer in the group “de Rompe y Raja,” is not Afro-Peruvian. How and why did she learn these dances? How are they relevant to her?

Lalo Izquierdo and “zamacueca” - In this short interview, Lalo Izquierdo in his role as folklorist talks about the origins of the dance “zamacueca” and why it was banned for many years. By the time it was allowed to be viewed in public again, it had changed: chalk another win up for censorship!

Finally, in the last bonus video, Lalo Izquierdo demonstrates rhythms from North and South America on the cajón.