A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him and have been influence by his music.
Music: Dahomey/Arara Barracon Aluya Pa Change Bata rhythms for yemaya y chango Chacha loque fun pa chango Yoruba chants for chango A la escuela, Nino Coco petao.
Francisco Aguabella, Armando Peraza, Carlos "Patato" Valdez, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Dizzy Gillespie, Daniel Ponce, Bobbi Cespedes, Carlos Santana, John Santos, Katherine Dunham, Robert Farris Thompson.
Photographer, Les Blank ; co-producer and production manager, Chris Simon ; editor, Marianne Yusavage.