Latin-Jewish Mambo Video: Remixing The Goldbergs (And More)

December 18th, 2011 | Josh Kun | No Comments | Categories: Blog, Events, Tikva Records

  • In the 1950s, Jews and mambo went together like bagels and bongos. “Mamboniks” crowded the Palladium dance floor, bubbes were taking cha-cha-cha lessons, and Catskills hotels were reliable gigs for the legendary likes of Tito Puente and Machito.

    To celebrate (and update) the Golden Age of Jewish mambo, Tikva Records hosted a DJ showdown on Wednesday, December 14, between the Idelsohn Society and Mission District locals Club Unicornio, featuring Julio César Morales and Juan Luna-Avin.

    Besides a sonic meld of Sophie Tucker and Perez Prado, Irving Fields, and DJ Lengua, the night also featured some video re-mixing of the 1936 Al Jolson/Cab Calloway vehicle The Singing Kid, a classic TV episode of The Goldbergs, 1956’s Cha-Cha-Cha-Boom!, and the 1980 Mexican film, A Fuego Lento.

    Here’s a video excerpt of the evening:

    Josh Kun DJing at Bagels and Bongos at Tikva Records.

    Julio César Morales DJing at Bagels and Bongos at Tikva Records.

    And two shots of the on-screen activity:

    For the full calendar of Tikva Records events throughout December 2011, visit idelsohnsociety.com/calendar.

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