We are proud of presenting Tito Puente – El Rey. This 2 CD deluxe edition contains 45 tracks and features 32 pages of historical liner notes and photos never before seen. It includes landmark collaborations with La Lupe, Santos Colon and more. Fania records has done extensive research to bring you the absolute best from the ‘King Of Latin Music’
Commonly known as “El Rey De Los Timbales” (King of the Timbales), and “The Mambo King,” Tito Puente reached an echelon reserved for very few in the world of entertainment. As an honored and charismatic composer, musician and bandleader, Tito was a true ambassador of Afro-Cuban music. With over 100 albums to his credit, his career highlights are captured here from Tico Records, Roulette and Alegre Records. The sum of these incredible recordings marks the history of Latin music. Befitting of the man, and of the legendary Fania heritage. This collection is Tito’s most complete anthology ever released & remastered!
Click on the cover to listen and buy this release on CD and/or digital (MP3, Wav and Flac)
FANIA: Is there a lot of Salsa music and Salsa dancers in Germany? What cities? How is the scene?
YES! Germany is totally crazy & mad about Salsa! From Northern Germany´s sea-side down to the mountains in Bavaria, Germany is on1 or on2 ;-) New York Style, LA Style and more! Big cites like Berlin or Munich offer a 7 days a week possibility do dance & listen to Salsa…
FANIA: How is a Salsa event in Germany? Everybody go just to dance? Are they host in big clubs?
Salsa is big in Germany & all over Europe. Each weekend something goes on from parties in small clubs or dance school socials up to big festivals & congresses. There is lack of good live music at most of those events but it´s getting better with the time…
FANIA: When did your love for Salsa star and how did you get into being a Salsa dj?
I started Djing during high school, playing records at school events & parties, later in a youth club around the block, then is small clubs but back the days I basically played dance & club music. I came in contact with Salsa & Latin music in ´99 during a visit at my grandparent’s home in Dominican Republic. Where people dance & listen to all kinds of Latin music on the streets…
FANIA: Who is your favorite Fania artist? Have you had the chance to meet any of them?
Same as with the question about the tracks I need to say that I like lots of FANIA artists but especially I adore the legendary ‘New Swing Sextet’ for their vibe based swinging Mambo/Salsa music. I love the 70s Fania All Stars but never had the chance to see them live.
During the past years I could meet some true Salsa legends. I have been to concerts and even have worked together with some of them. Willie Colon, The New Swing Sextet, Cheo Feliciano, La Sonora Poncena and Ray De La Paz, just to name the most important…
I met ‘La Sonora Ponceña’ with all 4 Singers in Los Angeles as well as I met ‘Cheo Feliciano’ in Switzerland, one of the most incredible personalities I ever met.
FANIA: What Fania tracks are the ones that you like djing and make people dance the most?
Mhhhh, very difficult to reduce it to ‘just’ some songs, cause Fania is really a big big thing to me and Fania released so much great music in it’s era that I even don’t know all songs ;-) Please take those songs as an example of my musical style…
Cheo Feliciano - GuaguancóTe Dedicó
Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe – Que Lío
Tommy Olivencia - Como Cambia El Tiempo
Eddie Palmieri - Bailare Tu Son
Tito Puente - Que Bueno Baila Usted
Machito – El Santo En Nueva York
La Sonora Ponceña - Prende El Fogón
Tito Allen – Para Los Bravos
The New Swing Sextet – Son Sabrosón
Hope you like this little selection! A DJ Dave exclusive…hehe…LOL
Por fin I would like to thank FANIA & Codigo for the opportunity to do this interview, hope to see you guys soon!
Paz y Mambo,
DJ DAVE from Germany
LINKS to DJ Dave: http://www.facebook.com/salsadjdave
OFFICIAL page of DJ Dave: http://www.dj-dave.de
To see more pictures and watch a video of Salsa dancers in Germany click HERE.
A special tribute to Roberto Roena will take place this Sunday at Plaza De Los Salseros in San Juan (Puerto Rico). The concert will celebrate the inauguration of a sculpture that the city of San Juan has built in his honor.
The bandleader and bongo master, Roberto Roena, will be performing with The Apollo Sound. Plus, several Fania All Stars members like Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentin, Papo Lucca, Nicky Marrero and singers, Adalberto Santiago and Ismael Miranda will be on stage supporting this event.
Here are some pictures from the press conference that announced the event last Tuesday.
From left to right: Elias Lopez, Cheo Feliciano, Roberto Roena, Mrs. Nieves Roena & Modesto Cepeda
Junior Gonzalez, Cheo Feliciano & Julito Alvarado
Modesto Cepeda, Junior Gonzalez, Bobby Valentin, Cheo Feliciano & Mrs. Nieves Roena
Click on the album covers to listen to these releases from Roberto Roena: