This is the first comprehensive U.S. film to explore the origins and growth of traditional Puerto Rican music. Interviews with musicians living in New York reveal how traditional music is used as a source of resistance against cultural domination. Their music is also a means by which Puerto Rican culture is maintained and transformed. The film focuses on the music of "Lexington Avenue Express", a group that has taken their music to community centers, political events, prisons and music festivals.
“Young people may not know other parts of our Puerto Rican culture but they know, feel, and relate to our music. For that reasons this film will not only be effective in attracting all age groups, but especially teenagers.”
- Lillian Lopez, NY Public Library
“We’re looking at the forms of expression of popular music. Music of the people, music of a peasant and working people that remains a working people in the United States, but that maintains and transforms its traditions.”
- Dr. Frank Bonilla, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños