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YO SOY LA RUMBA
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Peret: My Name Is Rumba

dir. Paloma Zapata

with Pepita Becas, Miliu Calabuch and La Chana

Spain | 2018 | 92 min | Documentary | cert. U
In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles

 

UK première

thu 26 sep | 6.30pm | £13, conc. £11 | Ciné Lumière

 

 

  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA
  • YO SOY LA RUMBA

The title makes it clear. Pere Pubill Calaf – Peret – is rumba.

This documentary traces the life and work of an enigmatic singer and guitarist who, raised in the humble, gypsy neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, Barcelona, would be universally hailed as the 'King of Rumba' for his fusion of flamenco song with Latin American beats and rhythms. In a career spanning six decades, from the mid-1950s to his death in 2014, Peret rubbed shoulders with Pérez Prado, sang with Elvis Presley, and released global smash-hits such as 'Borriquito'. From his enforced performance at Eurovision, to his long break from stardom to become an Evangelical pastor in the USA, to his triumphant return at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Peret provides a warm, intimate portrait – through heartfelt testimonies from grandchildren and friends (Petitet, Justo Molinero) – of a musician full of contradiction and paradox but also, and most importantly, a deep kindness and an irrepressible love of song. A must-see for music lovers, Peret won Best International Film at the MUVI Music Film Festival 2019.

 

 
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