This two-disc set showcases the influence and importance of African sounds, rhythms, and beats to the music of Latin America.
Sons of Benkos (Los Hijos de Benkos, Lucas Silva, Colombia, 2003, 52 mins.) shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over generations while exploring the presence of African culture in Colombia. The title pays homage to Benkos, an important black leader in the fight for freedom during the era of slavery in Colombia. The title "Sons of Benkos" suggests the ongoing struggle for the recognition of African influences on Colombia's artistic heritage.
Hands of God (Las Manos de Dios, Delia Ackerman, Peru, 2004, 54 mins.) tells the story of Peruvian percussionist Julio "Chocolate" Algendones, a legendary musician famous for his speed and dexterity on drums. Mixing traditional African influences with contemporary jazz, Algendones composed, taught, and performed musical styles all over the world. "The stunning dexterity and mastery of famous Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio 'Chocolate' Algendones are on display in this affectionate documentary [Hands of God] about the great master" (Allaboutjazz.com). In Spanish with English subtitles.
Lucas Silva/Delia Ackerman---Colombia/Peru---2003/2004---106 mins.
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