First Fridays! Afro-Cuban Night
Friday, July 7, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

**Due to inclement weather the Afro-Cuban Night has been moved to the Bronx Museum Lower Gallery!


Join us for an evening of music and cinema in homage to the Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive with DJ Asho, The Cimarron Project featuring Roman Díaz and a screening of When the Spirits Dance Mambo.


Produced in collaboration with the New York African Film Festival and Asho Productions. Film courtesy of The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI).


6:00 pm DJ ASHO spins on the 1's and 2's
7:00 pm Performance by The Cimarron Project, featuring Roman Diaz
8:00 pm Screening of When the Spirits Dance Mambo by Marta Moreno Vega and Bobby Shepard


Location: Bronx Museum Lower Gallery

Free admission and cash bar




About the Film 

When the Spirits Dance Mambo

Marta Moreno Vega, USA/Cuba, 2002, 91min.


Filmed primarily in Cuba, this documentary is a tribute to the spiritual energy that traveled from West Africa to Cuba. Tracing the role of sacred African thought and practice in the formation of the Cuban society, culture and popular music.

The Cimarron Project 

The Cimarron Project is an ensemble dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Afro-Cuban music and dance at its most traditional. They educate their listeners by introducing them to lesser known forms such as the Cuban Bata drumming style, Abakua music, Suku Suku, and Changui by weaving these elements into renditions of Rumba and Cuban Son.The ensemble features the profound knowledge and talents of master percussionist and steward of Afro Cuban traditions, Roman Diaz from Havana, Cuba. The Cimarron project focuses on the expansion of this living breathing culture. Through dance and music workshops as well as hot club and cabaret dance nights they explore these cultural currents provoking a fascinating interaction with their audience.


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