The Ghetto Brothers / Screening: From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale

In association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation and Latin Alternative Music Conference

7.13.2013 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | (2) Comments | Crotona Park | Directions to Event ›

Forming in the Bronx streets during the 1960s, The Ghetto Brothers uplifted their NYC community through Hip-Hop music, helping to eradicate pushers from their neighborhood, cleaning up parks and garbage-strewn empty lots, and enlisting interest in community involvement.  Soon after they formed, The Ghetto Brothers quickly cooked up a potent, NYC-flavored musical stew that gained the attention of local record stores with their soulful Hip-Hop songs.  In 1972, The Ghetto Brothers released their debut album, Power Fuerza¸ which was a beautiful, innocent audio snapshot by three brothers, their friends, and a powerful gang of musical energy.  In 2011, The Ghetto Brothers released Power Fuerza – Deluxe Reissue, which NPR describes as “a time capsule of sorts, but its message hasn’t dulled with the intervening years: Choose guitars over guns, and let music be your mayhem.”

From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale is an hour-long documentary that tells the story about the creative life of the South Bronx. Beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York Salsa sound and continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; the film chronicles the rise of Hip-Hop from the ashes. A charismatic reflection on the power of a neighborhood’s music,  the film effortlessly chronicles the evolution from Mambo to Hip-Hop; which has taken the world’s pop culture by storm. The documentary, directed by Henry Chalfant features interviews with numerous famed musicians and dancers that showcases the history and diversity of Hip-Hop’s reach.

Film courtesy of City Lore

Part of SummerStage’s “This is __ Hip-Hop” series.


  1. Omi said on 7.14.2013

    omg I missed it!!! When is the next screening and where?????? thank you.

  2. Sylvie Marchand said on 7.14.2013

    I wish i were there.. (i’m french)
    > i’ll be arriving in NYC on July 30th : what / who, which event would you advice me to visit ? listen to ? in the same “Mambo to hip hop” spirit ?

    MErci beaucoup

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