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Mambo music in Films

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Mambo, a word synonymous with Latin music and dance, has been featured for many years in countless US and International films and television shows. West Side Story, The Motorcycle Diaries, Mad About Mambo, The Mambo Kings, Despicable Me, and of course the I Love Lucy Show serve as just a few notable examples.

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Mambo reached its peak in the 1950’s when it became a popular style with the big bands in NYC ballrooms. The term Mambo was born in 1938 with a song aptly titled “Mambo” by Cachao Lopez. Later the Mambo dance, attributed to bandleader, Perez Prado, made its debut at La Tropicana nightclub in Havana in 1943. Since then other Latin American bandleaders such as Tito Rodriquez, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Machito, and Xavier Cugat created adaptation styles of their own to fuel the Mambo craze.

Mambo became especially popular in Mexico during the Mexican golden age of film, a change that helped popularize the style throughout Latin America. In the United States, Mambo enjoyed a long popularity through the 1950’s and early 60’s, with top artists such as Desi Arnaz, Dizzie Gillespie, and Pedro Aguilar, “Cuban Pete,” contributing to the trend.

¡Que rico Mambo!

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