This free event is one of the highlights of this summer in New York City. Pianist and producer, Larry Harlow (Fania All Stars) will recreate his masterpiece album from 1977, ‘La Raza Latina’ (A Salsa Suite) with a 40-piece orchestra. Ruben Blades will carry most of the vocals on the suite with passion for the concept. Also, Adonis Puentes will be on vocals and Bobby Sanabria will be performing, too. This spectacular show will take place at the Lincoln Center Outdoor Park.
‘La Raza Latina’ is one of the most extraordinary and ambitious works to come out of the salsa boom of the 1970s, a concept album that tells the story of Latin music in orchestral fashion. The suite moves from the music’s origin in African drumming and its roots in the Caribbean to its mambo heyday in New York of the 1950’s. The last part of the suite explores a vision of salsa in a flourish of frenetic percussion and jazz improvisation.
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The Fania catalogue is known all over the world as the definitive treasure trove of Afro-Caribbean music - a library of epic proportions that includes hundreds of timeless albums. What many people don't know, however, is that the vaults of Fania also contain dozens of rare recordings that have yet to see the light of day.
Beginning a long standing effort to finally make the entire contents of its catalogue available, Fania is releasing a stunning recording of Rubén Blades and Willie Colón in concert, taped in 1980 at New Jersey's Capitol Theatre.
At the time, Blades and Colón were touring to promote Siembra - considered by many as Blades' magnum opus. The sonics of the original tapes are clear and warm, making this release one of the most exciting live albums in the annals of salsa.
The majority of the Siembra album was performed during that evening - including a raucous extended version of "Buscando Guayaba," and a superb reading of the mega-hit "Pedro Navaja." Fans of the leaner, highly atmospheric Metiendo Mano will be delighted to know that Blades and Colón chose to include two tracks off that LP: "Plantación Adentro," as well as the socially aware anthem "Pablo Pueblo."
Plus, here is our Fania.com exclusive T-Shirt to commemorate this unique recording and what Siembra means to all of us. Click on the picture for details:
We are giving away THREE copies of the Siembra Special Edition CD. For a chance to win, answer the following trivia questions before Friday, June 18th by noon ET. For studious salseros only!
We are so excited of presenting this epic recording from Willie Colón and Rubén Blades. It will be available on CD and digital format at Fania.com, ITunes, Amazon and your local store by June, 8th.
On the evening of March 22, 1980, Rubén Blades and Willie Colón performed a set of smoldering salsa hits at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey . Their performance, found recently in the vaults of the Fania label, makes for one of the most transcendental concert recordings in the history of salsa.
Blades and Colón are in their prime here. Five of the seven tracks here are culled from Siembra: "Plástico," "Buscando Guayaba," "Dime," "Ojos," and, of course, "Pedro Navaja." The other two are the best known songs off Metiendo Mano, Blades' debut with Willie Colón: "Pablo Pueblo" and "Plantación Adentro."
During the '70s, Fania was notorious for assembling the most talented Latin musicians of the time under one label - and the band that accompanies Rubén on this concert is a conglomerate of legends: Salvador Cuevas on bass; "el profesor" Joe Torres on piano; Lewis Kahn, Leopoldo Pineda and José Rodrigues on trombones; and Johnny Almendra on timbales.
At the time of this recording, the partnership between Blades and Colón was blossoming. Speaking to the audience, Blades can be heard teasing Colón, asking if the song that they were playing next was "Che Che Colé" - one of the hits that the trombonist enjoyed with his other musical partner in crime, the great Héctor Lavoe.
Of the seven tracks on this CD, "Pedro Navaja" is the only one that was also included in Rubén's previous concert album. As you listen to this historic recording from the Fania vaults, you will inevitably begin to consider that perhaps the live versions of these songs are better than the original studio sessions.