Thursday, October 30, 2008

El Rumbero speaks out....

When I began videotaping rumbas I had it in mind to likewise document the thoughts of those who were making the music. The "stars" always get all the press and praise but there are hundreds of great drummers, singers and dancers of rumba that are only known within that small circle of rumberos. In Ralph I have found a like minded brother and Sentimientomanana is an outward expression of those inner thoughts. Ralph's efforts have provided us with a platform to share another view of this most joyful human expression. Here are segments of informal street interviews, conducted during a rumba on a street in NYC. Yeyito Flores, Raphael Pacheco and Beatrice share their experiences with us. Yeyito and Beatrice have been fixtures in the NY rumba scene for well over 20 years. Pacheco was Armando's right hand man, responsible for lighting, audio and filming of many of the Rumbaceras that occured on 182nd St. from 1980-2000. Pacheco and Armando have both passed on, may they rest in peace, but their legacy will live well after them.

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5 comments:

berta said...

Very nice! was this at ARmando's rumba? El Llanero was singing with a mic!!!! do you have him that night?

berta said...

Very nice! was this at ARmando's rumba? El Llanero was singing with a mic!!!! do you have him that night?

max said...

yeyito has that charisma and pizazz that all entertainers possess,he should be making movies with that face, woulod like to see more of him.

max said...

yeyito has charisma and pizazz something that all entertainers have. he should be making movies with that face. would like to see more of him and also a bio. who is he and how did he get started in the rumba.

max said...

Yeyito is the greatest, what a personality,this guy is the personification of the new york rumbero. right on yeyito, que viva la rumba!