The Ghetto Brothers were an offshoot of a Bronx gang of the same name. In the late sixties their turf was surrounded by opposing gangs, but instead of trying to out-baddass the other gangs, they decided to go another route. They picked a spokesperson based on his communicating skills. In 1971, Cornell "Black Benjy" Benjamin walked into the turf of an opposing gang with his hands raised, displaying peace signs, in an effort to negotiate a truce. The opposing gang wasn't too interested. They beat him to death. You would guess that the incident would escalate the violence. That wasn't the case.
I'm not going to ruin a story already well told. Visit the official site and check the videos. Hell, all the stuff below is worth checking out. The music is Latin funk. Good stuff on it's own merit and deserved of a post on its own. Know this: Musica de Alma, one of the best Latin music blogs that exists, rated one of their songs as number three on their Top 5 Latin Funk Tracks.
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Ghetto Brothers - Got This Happy Feeling mp3 at Musica de Alma
Ghetto Brothers - You Say You Are My Friend mp3 at Rollo & Grady
Go there to get it.
Benjamin “Yellow Benjy” Melendez at Vimeo The Ghetto Brothers story, as told by an original member of both the gang and the band.
The Gang Meeting - Melendez speaking to a gathering of gangs, 1971 at Ghetto Brothers NYC Afrika Bambaataa, a gang member at 14, was present.
Ghetto Brothers - Ghetto Brothers Power at YouTube
Ghetto Brothers NYC
Ghetto Brothers at Wikipedia
Ghetto Brothers at Messy Nessy