Release party event at the Mint (Los Angeles) on Friday, February, 12th.. Chico Mann and Boogaloo Assassins will perform cover of Joe Cuba. Other parties will take place the night before, February 11th, at the Elbo Room in San Francisco and February, 24 in New York (More details very soon). Read more..
One of the greatest latinamerican stars: Hector Lavoe, has thousands of fans from all over the world. Eight years ago, in Bogota, Colombia, some of those fans got together, organized themselves and still work to keep alive the memory of “El Cantante de los Cantantes”. Today, the first Official Fan Club Hector Lavoe Colombia has over 1.500 followers and organizes events to remember Lavoe. Read more..
Fania Records is proud to announce the release of a deluxe 2-disc, 34-track box set of the father of Latin Boogaloo, Joe Cuba. This release is schedule for February 23, 2010 and commemorates one year after the passing of this legend. Joe Cuba: A Man and His Music – El Alcalde Del Barrio is a truly exceptional two-disc compilation with an accurate assemblage of his recordings never previously compiled in album form. These tracks have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes. Featuring his international hits “Bang Bang” and “El Pito (I’ll Never Go Back to Georgia),” and many other diverse numbers that spanned his illustrious career, carefully selected and researched by Latin music veteran and prominent producer Bobby Marín.
Joe Cuba (Gilberto Navarro) was born on April 22, 1931, in Spanish Harlem, New York City, where his Puerto Rican parents moved in the late ‘20’s. Captivated by the conga playing of Sabu Martínez, Gilbert took the opportunity to learn the instrument while recovering from a broken leg suffered playing stickball. Gilbert jammed in the street until given the chance to replace Sabu for a few months as part of a local band, La Alfarona, X in 1950. Shortly after, he joined Spanish Harlem’s Joe Panama Quintet, where Jimmy Sabater was a timbales player. After recruiting vibraphonist Tommy Berrios, Gilbert and the band had a falling out with Panama and formed the Cha Cha Boys with Gilbert Calderon as the bandleader. Much to his surprise, Gilbert would soon be billed as “Joe Cuba” by his promoter, Catalino Rolón, and the name would stick.