Shook & Strut present ‘Our Latin Thing’ – 30/11 London

Boom! It’s been too long since Shook Mag brought us something heavy to get together at, but well worth the wait. Come next Wednesday (30th) they’re collaborating with our friends at Strut Records to bring an exclusive London screening of one of the greatest Latin music documentaries ever made.

Full details below, don’t miss it.


Wednesday 30th November 2011 / 8.00pm La Bodeguita, London SE1

Directed by Oscar winner Leon Gast (ʻWhen We Were Kingsʼ), ʻOur Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)ʼ is simply the greatest salsa documentary ever made.

In the early 1970s, a group of musicians were about to take salsa music to the four corners of the globe – The Fania All-Stars. Centred around an incendiary gig at one of promoter Ralph Mercado’s fantastically popular Thursday night jams at the Cheetah in New York in August 1971, the film documents the raw Nu Yorican Latin sound at its zenith. Starring certified legends including Willie Colon, Ray Barretto and “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe and directed by Oscar-winner Leon Gast (ʻWhen We Were Kingsʼ), the footage is spliced with atmospheric street scenes on rubbish-filled stoops and crumbling bodegas in Spanish Harlem, documenting a city on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

To celebrate the filmʼs first official release on DVD by Strut Records / Fania, Shook and Strut present an exclusive London screening at La Bodeguita, a vibrant restaurant and venue in Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, on Wednesday 30th November at 8.00pm. You can eat rice and beans and drink ʻtill your heartʼs content, just like at a block party in ʻEl Barrioʼ. And try to fight your feet from moving if you can.

OUR LATIN THING (NUESTRA COSA) + DJ Duncan Brooker (Strut)

Wednesday 30th November 2011 Doors: 7.00pm / Film: 8.00pm

La Bodeguita, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre London SE1 6TE (Directions)

Tickets: £5 door / £4 in advance at