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Under the Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music

J. Plunky Branch's & Alvin Skipper Bailey's documentary "Under the Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music" will premier at the Chicago Latino Film Festival on the festival's opening night, Friday, April 8 at 9:00 PM 2005 and again on Sunday, April 10 at 4:30 PM, at the Landmark Century Centre Theater, 2828 North Clark Street (at Diversity) in the Century Shopping Center. 

For over 40 years the United States has maintained an economic blockade against the Island of Cuba, restricting travel, trade and cultural exchange.  Still Afro-Cuban music is widely recognized as some of the most vibrant rhythmic music in the world.

Under the Radar: A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music is a documentary that examines the enigmatic island's music scene and introduces viewers to the history of Cuban music.  The film documents the travels and recordings of its producers, jazz saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch and Alvin Skipper Bailey, and highlights musical interactions and collaborations with Cuban rumba, son, salsa, timba, rock, changui, and hip-hop musicians and rappers.

Winner 2005 Independent Black Film Festival Audience Award

Producer/Director J. Plunky Branch
Executive Producer
Alvin Skipper Bailey
Black Fire Music/ N.A.M.E. Brand Records

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Dear Educator:  

The "Under The Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music"  DVD is now available.  We are interested in opportunities for screenings and lecture/discussions of the film on campuses during the fall semester.  (See synopsis below or visit our website: for further information.)  Please contact us to let us know of your interest.  And please pass this information on to your colleagues.

Thank you for your consideration.

Wisdom, Peace and Love Through Music,
J. Plunky Branch



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2005 Chicago Latino Film Festival

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Landmark's Century Centre Cinema ('sCenturyCentreCinema.htm)


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