The Last Mambo | Upcoming Documentary Film

The Last Mambo explores the world of Salsa/Latin Jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area from diverse perspectives of dancers, DJs and musicians. The film discusses how the dance aesthetic, musical presentation and cultural context have changed in the wake of Afro-Cuban music’s growing popularity & commercialization. The Last Mambo, punctuated with interviews, photographs and concert footage captures the spirit of salsa/Latin jazz, celebrates its rich cultural heritage and debates the nature of its future.

Coming spring – 2014

Salsa de La Bahia: An overview of Salsa De La Bahia, the soundtrack for The Last Mambo documentary by Rita Hargrave.  Available at / /cdbaby

Salsa De La Bahia is a 2 CD set of 3 brand new all-star recordings and 19 previously released songs by Bay Area salsa and Latin jazz groups. It is a musical snapshot of state-of-the art salsa music that artists in the San Francisco Bay Area have culled over the last 10 years. It also serves as a homage to the musicians and dancers whose vision, energy and talent still resound to inspire us all. Second to NYC, the Bay Area Latin jazz scene is historically one of the most active Latin jazz scenes starting with Cal Tjader bringing great Latin percussionists Armando Peraza, and Francisco Aguabella to the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The musical spectrum of Salsa De La Bahia shows the kaleidoscope of Afro-Latin musical colors seen and heard around the San Francisco Bay Area. “

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