Latin Music U.S.A. - DVD and CD set - AV Item

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LATIN MUSIC USA highlights the great American music created by Latinos, and celebrates the Latin rhythms at the heart of jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues. It's a fresh take on American musical history, reaching across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Narrated by Jimmy Smits. Set features a CD with 8 Latin music tracks.

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  • Length: 240 minutes
  • Closed Captioned: Yes
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Country of Origin: United States

AV Benefits:

Why the AV version? Because it provides additional usage options for PBS videos. AV versions come with limited performance rights so they can be shown in classrooms, at PTA meetings, during after school programs, and transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or on a single campus. They also can be enjoyed in admission-free public screenings, which also makes them ideal for use by library patrons and businesses involved in community clubs and organizations.
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Professional Reviews:

“tantalizing...a rhythmic revelation” -- Kevin McDonough, United Media Syndicate

Product Description


  • Length: 240 minutes
  • Closed Captioned: Yes
  • Stereo: Yes
  • Color: Yes
  • Number of Programs: 1
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Country of Origin: United States


  • LATIN MUSIC USA episodes include:
    BRIDGES: See the rise of Latin jazz with the great Machito and the explosion of the mambo with Pérez Prado. Watch as Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock throughout the 1960s, from the Drifters to Santana and beyond.
  • THE SALSA REVOLUTION: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms, adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa. Follow the rise and fall of legendary Fania Records with famed artists Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, and Rubén Blades.
  • THE CHICANO WAVE: From Ritchie Valens and Freddy Fender to Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and Selena, a new generation of Mexican Americans raised on rock, rhythm and blues, and country music expresses their cultural identity through Chicano rock, Latin rock, and Tejano.
  • DIVAS & SUPERSTARS: Latin pop explodes with the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Gloria Estefan. But as studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward the urban fusions of reggaetón artists like Daddy Yankee and rapper Pitbull, while rock en español star Juanes becomes a global phenomenon.
  • Printable Viewing Guide in English and Spanish (PDF)
  • Two bonus videos with producer essays (PDF)
  • Spanish audio track (narrated by Leila Cobo)
  • Widescreen Anamorphic
  • 8 Track CD includes:
    Episode 1:
    Desi Arnaz - Babalu
    Machito - Mambo Inn
    Arturo Sandoval - Manteca

    Episode 2:
    Fania All Stars - Coro Miyare
    Jose Feliciano - Light My Fire

    Episode 3:
    Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
    Little Joe - Las Nubes (live)

    Episode 4:
    Miami Sound Machine - Conga