Retelling the Rhythm as it’s Never Been Told

Feature Length Documentary about the Roots of Latin Music

New York, NY – June 4, 2015 – Gracias y Buenas Noches: Retelling the Rhythm is a film that tells the story of the “clave” from the musicians that helped pioneer the sound of Afro-Cuban music. “Clave” refers to the complex, five-stroke rhythm pattern that originated in Sub-Saharan Africa and made its way to Cuba with the arrival of African slaves. 

In order to complete the film and shoot two historic performances with the orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the director has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 by June 21, 2015.

Latin music has long been recognized as one of the most diverse, influential and exciting genres of music. It has the ability to unite musicians and listeners of all ages, races, languages and nationalities. The origins of the rhythm come from traditional African music that, along with its people, made its way to New Orleans, Havana and eventually drifted to New York City. In the 1940s and 1950s, a large wave of Latinos migrated to Brooklyn, the Bronx and East Harlem and with them a new sound began to take form. This music was a fusion of traditional Cuban rhythms and colorful big band arrangements with Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra at the helm. Machito’s orchestra, who was the first to use the term “Afro-Cuban,” was also the first multi-racial band in the United States and the first Latin band to play south of Manhattan’s 96th Street. 

At present, Afro-Cuban musicians are struggling more than ever to make a living. Lacking fair compensation during the peak of the music’s popularity, these living legends have been forced to hold fundraisers or play gigs to raise money to pay for healthcare, housing, and even funerals. Many of them still perform and tour around the world. Through interviews, verite footage, archival film and live performance, this memoir-style documentary is equal parts love letter and history lesson on the roots of Latin Music.

To make a contribution and help make this film possible, please visit the Kickstarter campaign or click here. Backers can choose from many attractive rewards as a “thank you” for their support.

For those that are not familiar with how Kickstarter works, know that this is an “all-or-nothing” deal. If the campaign does not reach the fund goal then the project will not receive any financial assistance. So, know that a donation of any amount counts! Help the documentary by sharing this on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Media Contact
Company Name: Gracias y Buenas Noches
Contact Person: Mari Keiko Gonzalez
Phone: 917-834-3736
Country: United States