Fania is pleased to announce the release of HAMMOCK HOUSE: SANTIAGO SESSIONS on August 25, the newest installment in their highly-regarded “Hammock House” remix series, produced and mixed by internationally renowned LA-based producer and DJ, Jose Marquez. The iconic entertainment brand, which has evolved from a legendary NYC-based music label to an innovative and digitally-driven global music, entertainment and lifestyle company, is known worldwide for their work with influential DJs, and one of the best examples is their highly-regarded ‘Hammock House’ series.
Stemming from an idea that originated at the Manana Festival in Santiago de Cuba two years ago, Marquez fuses his love for dynamic Afro-Cuban and Caribbean flavors on SANTIAGO SESSIONS with classic Fania tracks from icons such as Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Standout tracks include “Aguanile,” the iconic song from Fania legends Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe which first appeared on the album El Juicio in 1972, for which Marquez enlisted noted musicians Bobby Wilmore and Lazaro Galarraga, who specialize in Afro-Cuban percussion, to perform on congas and bata drums. Another showstopper on the release is “Herencia Africana,” which was composed by Javier Vazquez and recorded by the legendary Celia Cruz and Sonora Matancera on the album Feliz Encuentro, released in 1982. In the song, Cruz talks about her African Heritage/influence, so Marquez brought in US-based musicians originally from Mali to perform and emphasize the African elements of the song, using a djembe instead of congas and a Balafon which is a traditional African version of a marimba/xylophone.
Fania launched the groundbreaking ‘Hammock House’ series in 2011 with the release of its first acclaimed compilation from the celebrated producer/DJ Joe Claussell entitled ‘Hammock House Africa Caribe.’ With each thematic installment, Fania has teamed up with innovative DJ/producers such as Louie Vega, Toy Selectah and The Whiskey Barons, providing them with access to Fania's treasure vaults and the original multitrack master tapes from recordings by classic artists to create fresh takes on Fania’s musical legacy to introduce to new generations of fans.
1. Celia Cruz - Un Bembe Pa Yemaya (Jose Marquez Remix)
Congas: Bobby Wilmore, Lazaro Galarraga
Bata Drums: Bobby Wilmore, Lazaro Galarraga
2. Ray Barretto - Indestructible (Jose Marquez Remix)
Piano: Claudio Passavanti
Bass: Claudio Passavanti
Congas: Ismel Wignall
Saxophone: Elias Perez
Joaquin "Joe" Claussell
Fania proudly presents the latest release in the Hammock House series. The Lower East Side features remixes that define the essence of the NYC experience, especially those where traditional Latin rhythms converge with House and other Dance/Electronica rhythms and beats. The combination of vintage Fania tracks with electronica beats and a new millennium sensibility is a marriage made in heaven, as demonstrated by previous installments in our groundbreaking Hammock House series. This month, Fania is proud to elevate the Hammock House brand into a new level of creativity with the release of Lower East Side - an eclectic feast of funky rhythms, cumbia grooves, sensuous electronic textures and remixed Héctor Lavoe vocal lines. We gave four different DJ/producers access to Fania's treasure vaults: the original multitrack master tapes from recordings by such classic artists as Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Justo Betancourt and Ismael Rivera. The results underscore the timeless vitality of the original tracks. Toy Selectah - a former member of Mexican rap collective Control Machete - has turned Héctor Lavoe's "Aguanile" into a hypnotic masterpiece of tribal beats. Boston-based duo The Whiskey Barons do justice to Ray Barretto classics and add psychedelic cumbia undertones to Justo Betancourt's "Cataño." And Colombian female DJ Isa GT underscores the beauty of 'Maelo' Rivera's vocals on her minimalistic take of Tite Curet Alonso's "Las Caras Lindas." A not-to-be-missed album for Latin electronica collectors, Lower East Side is also recommended for those salsa fans who would like to discover the allure of electronica - and its ongoing quest to keep the beauty of salsa and boogaloo alive. Lower East Side is available as a digital download and also as a gorgeous limited edition LP.Fania se enorgullece en presentar la última versión de la serie Hammock House. El Lower East Side cuenta con remixes que definen la esencia de la experiencia de Nueva York, especialmente aquellos en los ritmos latinos tradicionales convergen con la casa y otros Dance / Electronica ritmos y tiempos.