Beats of the Heart: Salsa (1979)

'Salsa' captures a unique moment in time for this most exuberant and socially dynamic music.


Jeremy Marre


Jeremy Marre


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Credited cast:
Ray Barretto Ray Barretto ... Himself
Rubén Blades ... Himself
Willie Colón ... Himself
Celia Cruz ... Herself
Felipe Luciano Felipe Luciano ... Himself
Charlie Palmieri Charlie Palmieri ... Himself
Tito Puente ... Himself


Filmed entirely on location in New York and the Caribbean in 1979, a momentous year for the genre, Salsa, presents some of Latin music's greatest exponents, framed within a broader canvas of the music's history, growth and importance. Tito Puente and his band play in the Bronx; Celia Cruz rehearses Cuban dance songs in a New York studio; Rubén Blades plays Puerto Rican ballads and records with Willie Colón and his band; Ray Barretto plays percussion at a Latin wedding while Charlie Palmieri plays keyboards and describes the rhythms of Cuba and Puerto Rico. The film also features Santeria cults, rare Cuban archive footage, and music of the 'barrios': from the dance floors of the South Bronx to the streets of La Perla, Puerto Rico. Tying it all together is Felipe Luciano, poet and former leader of the Young Lords Gang. Written by Digital Classics DVD

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salsa | latin | cockfight | See All (3) »


Documentary | Music







Release Date:

12 March 2007 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Harcourt Films See more »
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