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SALSA

Cuba, 1996 (MIFF 1997, Documentaries)

Director: Rigoberto López Pego

Presented by Isak Delgado - himself the latest hot property in Cuban salsa - this immense­ly entertaining documentary relates the story of the Latino music craze that swept the US from the 1930s onwards. Beginning with original film clips of performances by Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Perez Prado and the Mambo Kings, the film moves forward to the present day with Van-van, El Medico de Salsa and Delgado. A fascinating historical document.

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