A Latin Rhythms film screening and discussion will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Normal Theater as a part of the America’s Music film series.
The film titled “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale” talks about how hip-hop originated from New York, and the impact that both it and mambo had on defying hip-hop’s negative status.
“It is a chance to learn a little more about the Latin music generation,” Anne Shelley, music and multimedia library assistant at Milner Library and Project Director, said.
“It is good for those who already know about hip-hop to help understand its roots and how it evolved from other genres.”
The film will include candid and entertaining interviews with some founding artists and performers in hip-hop like D.J. Charlie, Popmaster Fabel Pabon and Kid Freeze.
Also, the first 100 people to arrive will receive free popcorn for the show paid for by the Dean of Students Office.
Immediately after the film there will be a discussion led by musicologist Tom Faux which will give viewers a chance to talk about what they watched and the information they took from it.
This film is a part of the America’s Music film series which is taking place over a period of six sessions.
“This is a series of events featuring several free documentary film screenings and discussions about popular American music in the 20th century,” Shelley said.
“There have been two other screenings so far and there will be three more after this one.”
Besides Latin Rhythms, there will be screenings with other genres like swing, jazz, broadway, blues and gospel shown through early November. The blues film screening will be shown at Normal Public Library.
The America’s Music public programs were created and sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute, the American Library Association and others.
Additional funding was provided by Milner Library and the Town of Normal. All of the films shown are free and open to the public.
For more information about the Latin Rhythms film, all other upcoming screenings, and America’s Music visit Library.IllinoisState.edu/AmericasMusic/index.html.