Masters of Rhythm

with addendum

Afro-Peruvians' compelling rhythms - undiscovered corner of the African diaspora.




September 2017:

As director of the co-operative la Quemá [manager of Sala la Quemá], I want to thank you in the name of all of us for your contribution to the activities that our cultural association realizes in Jerez de la Frontera. The more than ample public that attended the screening (and later Q&A) of Masters of Rhythm gave positive validation for your important work as researcher and publicizer of this “other culture,” an “other culture” largely unknown but vital as part of understanding who we are as human beings, and where we come from.

In spite of its being a documentary film, you captured the energy, talent and charisma of the performers both in their performances and their interviews. They seemed to jump off of the screen and create a feeling of both entertainment and community that you normally only expect to get from a live performance.

Thanks for capturing this magic and sharing it with us.

Javier Padilla Gil, managing director
Sala la Quemá (cinema cycle), September 2017
Jerez de la Frontera, SPAIN

July 2017:

We had the pleasure of working with Eve A. Ma in co-producing an event that included a special screening of her latest documentary 'Masters of Rhythm' and a live music demonstration by Peruvian musicians who are deeply connected & committed to preserving Afro-Peruvian music and dance.

Eve A. Ma presented the idea of also including the live music demonstration as a way for the audience to see first-hand these beautiful cultural traditions that they see in the film, but also to showcase a local master teaching artist that is a direct descendant to a master artist featured in the film. The audience reacted very positively to this event and we even extended the official end time because the audience wanted more time to ask questions about the film and to enjoy more of the musical performance.

We would be happy to work with Eve A. Ma again on another collaboration.

Bianca Torres, co-director
La Peña Cultural Center, July 2017
Berkeley, California, USA