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World Music & Dance Videos

South & Central America

These videotapes and videodiscs of musics and dance of the world's peoples are available in the University of Oregon Knight Library's Video Collection. Note: The last substantial update to this page was in 2008.

Videos by Country:
General South American Videos, Argentina, Brazil, Caribbean (Haiti/
Jamaica), Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru

General South & Central America Music & Dance Videos

Central Americans.

Bala Cynwyd, PA: Schlessinger Video Productions, a division of Library Video Company, c1993.
1 videocassette (30 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.VHS.
SUMMARY: One of a 15-part series that celebrates the heritage of different cultural groups by tracing the history of their emigration to North America. Adapted from the "Peoples of North America" series of books by Chelsea House Publishers.

Discovering the music of Latin America.
North Hollywood, CA: Hollywood Select Video, 1987. VHS, 20 min., color.
SUMMARY: Traces the history of Latin American music, pointing out the incorporation of many traditions, particularly Indian and Spanish. Presents some of the modern derivatives, such as popular dance rhythms of the tango and the rhumba. Includes examples of pre-Columbian and modern instruments.

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways video anthology of music and dance of the Americas
[S.l.]: JVC, Victor Company of Japan , c1995.
SUMMARY: CONTENTS v. 1. Canada and the United States -- v. 2 - v. 3 The United States -- v. 4. The Caribbean -- v. 5. - v. 6 Central and South America.


Argentine tango: Daniel Trenner collection
Las Vegas, NV: Dance Vision USA, c1993.
4 videocassettes (ca 320 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
CAST: Taught by Daniel Trenner assisted by Brooke Burdette.
CONTENTS:Tape 1. An introduction to the unique language of the Argentine social dance. It begins with exercises for the development of movement technique for the leader and follower. Dance Frame or position is introduced. Games are taught for practicing lead and follow in walking and turning vocabularies. The concepts of basic phrasing and navigation of the dance floor are introduced-- Tape 2. The art of step creation explains how to phrase sequences of elements into complex combinations in both walking and turning figures. The concept of step decoration or adornment is introduced -- Tape 3. Lapiz, Boleo, Arrastre, Llevada, Sacadas, Ganchos, Paradas, Calesitas,and advanced decorations are taught. Ideas from the "new tango" of varying dance position, and exchanging of lead and follow are introduced -- Tape 4. Explores the salon style dance of the close embrace referred to as Milonguero, Club, or Cafe style tango. Changes of technique, embrace, lead and follow, and walking turning figures are covered.

Tango, baile nuestra = Tango, our dance.
Chicago, IL: Facets Video, c1994.
1 videorecording (70 min.): sd., col ; 1/2 in. VHS format.
Spanish narration, English subtitles.
SUMMARY: Documents the history and the unique role of the tango. Shows the beauty of the dance and how it has changed over the years


The Black music of Brazil.
[Newton, NJ?]: Shanachie, [1990?], c1982.
1 videocassette (ca. 50 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
SUMMARY:Street tour of Brazil from ghettos to Samba schools with the many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. Brazilian stars are shown in performance and conversation.





Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods Of Haiti.

New York: Mystic Fire Video, c1985.
1 videocassette (52 min.): sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. VHS format.
SUMMARY:Documentary of the Voudoun religions of Haiti. Presents rituals performed by the Rada, Petro, and Congo cults, whose devotees commune with cosmic powers through invocations, sacrifices, and possession.

Legacy of the spirits.
Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources, c1985 [199-?]
1 videocassette (52 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
NOTES:In English with some Haitian Creole and English subtitles.
SUMMARY: Describes the religion of Vodou and gives an account of its history in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Filmed in New York, the work contains interviews with participants and depictions of ceremonies.

Tivoli, NY: Original Music, 198-?
VHS, 19 min., color.
SUMMARY: Haiti's pre-Easter rara celebrations combine music, religious ritual, street parades, and dancing.




Roots, rock, reggae.
[s.l.]: Shanachie Records Corp., 1988.
1 videorecording (ca. 50 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
PERFORMERS: Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Jacob Miller &Inner circle, The Absyinnians, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Joe Higgs. Camera, Chris Morphef, Jeff Baynes; producer-director, Jeremy Marre.
SUMMARY:A street-level tour of the Kingston, Jamaica music scene in 1977. Features performances, interviews and studio scenes.


Algo del Canto Nuevo.
Santiago,Chile: Ceneca, 198-?
32 min.
SUMMARY: The group Santiago del nuevo extremo presents music from the new Chilean song movement.


Shotguns and accordions: music of the marijuana growing regions of Colombia.
[Newton, NJ?]: Shanachie, 1990.
1 videocassette: sd., col.; 1/2 in.VHS format.
SUMMARY:Explores vallenata music, a rocking blues which evolved out of the marijuana-growing regions. It is a hot, jumpy dance music which mixes accordions, electric bass, percussion and open-throated singing.


See: North America: United States


Popol vuh: the creation myth of the Maya.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, c1989.
1 videocassette (62 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. + 1 teacher's guide (1 poster );Spanish ed.
SUMMARY: Portrays the creation myth of the Quiche Maya of ancient Guatemala. Gives life to the mystic history and art of the Maya, using animated drawings taken directly from classic Maya pottery.


Troubadours: with Groupo Camayoc, Esteli, Nicaragua, September 1987.
[Eugene, Or.?]: Julia Lesage, c1989.
1 videocassette (49 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
NOTES: Direction, editing, Julia Lesage ; camera, Chuck Kleinhans ; translation of lyrics, Humberto Estrada.
SUMMARY:A musical performance by the Nicaraguan folksinging group Camayoc, performing both their own songs and those of Carlos Mejia Godoy and Pablo Milanes. Taped outdoors in Esteli, Nicaragua in September, 1987.


Carnival in Q'eros: where the mountains meet the jungle.
Berkeley, California: University of California Extension Media Center, 1990.
1 videocassette (32 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
SUMMARY: This documentary videotape shows the remarkable carnival celebrations never before seen by outsiders - of a remote community of Quechua Indians high in the Peruvian Andes.

Dancing with the Incas: Huayno music of Peru.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, c1991.
1 videocassette (ca. 58 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
NARRATOR: Cathy Stoops.
SUMMARY:Explores the lives of three Huayno musicians in a contemporary Peru torn between the military and the Shining Path guerillas. The film examines the roots of Huayno music as well as its contemporary forms. Rather than focusing on a single community or ethnic group, the film investigates a broad cultural region and illustrates what happens to it as it confronts the commercial traditions and demands of the West.

Mountain music of Peru: a film.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Extension, Center for Media and Independent Learning, [199-], c1984.
1 videocassette (ca. 60 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. VHS format.
SUMMARY:A portrait of the folk music, culture and lifestyle of the people of Qeros, high in the Peruvian mountains.

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