Our Latin Thing Screening Wednesday 11/30


“Our Latin Thing” is one of those classic films (like “Wild Style,” “The Harder They Come,” etc.) that captures a place and time that can only be returned to in memory, and in original documents like these. Centered around an incendiary gig at one of promoter Ralph Mercado’s fantastically popular Thursday night jams at the Cheetah in New York in August 1971, the film documents the raw Nu Yorican Latin sound at its zenith. Starring certified legends including Willie Colon, Ray Barretto and “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe and directed by Oscar-winner Leon Gast (‘When We Were Kings’), the footage is spliced with atmospheric street scenes on rubbish-filled stoops and crumbling bodegas in Spanish Harlem.

To celebrate the film’s first official release on DVD by Strut / Fania, Shook and Strut present an exclusive London screening at La Bodeguita, a vibrant restaurant and venue in Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, on Wednesday 30th November at 8.00pm. Come have some drinks, eat some rice & beans, and celebrate an essential cultural document.

+ DJ Duncan Brooker (Strut)

Wednesday 30th November 2011
Doors: 7.00pm / Film: 8.00pm

La Bodeguita • Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre • London SE1 6TE

Tickets: £5 door / £4 in advance at www.ticketweb.co.uk
Info: Jez Smadja at Shook: info@shook.fm / Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186683444749323

Walter Gibbons Remembered By Danny Krivit & Tony Smith

The love we’ve received on our Walter Gibbons retrospective has been pretty amazing, from a full piece in the Wall Street Journal, to a “Best New Reissue” on Pitchfork, to all the feedback we’ve been receiving on Twitter, Facebook, etc.  In the same spirit of celebration of Gibbons’ life, Danny Krivit & Tony Smith, both also DJ legends in their own right, took some time out to share some of their favorite memories of Walter with us.  Very interesting stuff, including gems like the fact that it took some of the subjects of Gibbons’ remix work some time to warm up to his style.  Check it out, and look for Jungle Music out next week, and you can look forward to a new Edits record from Danny Krivit in the very near future!