Tuesday, October 14

Fania at Fifty

"Fania Records, the legendary Latin music label, has been celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a series of events in New York and Los Angeles, its opening salvo a Central Park show last June spotlighting salsero Roberto Roena. It felt, indeed, like a party. Hundreds of dancers flooded the area in front of the stage. Those present merely to spectate were forced backward. ... In its sixties and seventies heyday, Fania was the most powerful force in the Latin music industry, and salsa was the most powerful force in Latin music. The depth of the connection between label and genre is pronounced. Ask die-hard fans to list their favorite figures from salsa’s golden age, and nine out of ten answers will be artists whose résumés include Fania for at least a record or two (Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente), if not for significant stretches of their careers (Celia Cruz, Willie Colón)."
The Paris Review
NPR: On Fania Records And The Music That Made It Matter (Video)
Fania Records: Fifty Years Of Sabor (Video)
W - Fania Records
Digital Salsa: The Surprising Rebirth Of Legendary Latin-Music Label Fania Records (Video)
YouTube: Descarga Fania LIVE - Fania All Stars with Bobby Valentin, Celia Cruz & The Fania All Stars - Quimbara - Zaire, Africa 1974, Fania All Stars - Siento, Fania All Stars - Pueblo latino (versión inédita), Vuela la Paloma- Fania All Star

2011 November: Charlie Palmieri, 2014 March: Harlem River Drive - Harlem River Drive (1971)