FANIA RECORDS DECEMBER 22 2009




Welcome to the Fania newsletter and our brand new website. This week we are highlighting the release that became the jump off for Salsa music. “Guisando” is a musical gem where Willie Colón and Hector Lavoe present a rebellious, aggressive and irreverent style of making music. Their lyrics tackle, sometimes with humor, the stories of the purse-snatchers or thieves who, like the character Vincent from “Guisando” who, sooner or later, do not escape justice and life itself in the marginalized communities of the Bronx and the Neighborhood (Barrio). Listen to the tracks, Guisando, No Me Den Candela y Te Estan Buscando on this Newsletter.

Ruben Blades is the featured artist of the week. Rubén Blades has been a distinguished singer, composer and a Salsa music icon that became a household name throughout barrios in the United States and Latin America. His releases under Fania records have been top sellers since then.

Tito Rodriguez A Man and His Music El Inolvidable made it to the list of Best World Music 2009 by the prestigious radio show PRI’s The World from the BBC.

On the podcast we are enjoying another episode of “La Hora Faniatica” from Radio Gladys Palmera, featuring Willie Colon and Ruben Bladés “Canciones del Solar de los Aburridos”. The one-hour special program narrates with interviews and testimonies how those songs started.

The collectors section includes the must have release “Acid” from Ray Barretto. One of the gems on this recording is the title tune, Acid. It's simple, funky bass tumbao (a repetitive, rhythmic pattern) is played by the late great, legendary Cuban-American bassist, Bobby Rodriguez, who Barretto affectionately dubbed, "Big Daddy."

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“Guisando” became the first album in which they shared the credits and the album cover. “Guisando (Doing A Job)” capitalizes to the utmost the gangster image of The Hustler, where in which the main photograph shows Willie partaking in a game of pool with the musicians of his orchestra. With “Guisando”, Colón and Lavoe present a rebellious, aggressive and irreverent style of making music. Their lyrics tackle, sometimes with humor, the stories of the purse-snatchers or thieves who, like the character Vincent from “Guisando” who, sooner or later, do not escape justice. Even though in this photograph they appear scaling the safe of a bank, the gangster image – reinforced later on in the album covers for La Gran Fuga (The Big Break) and Lo Mato.

Sample tracks: "Guisando" listen > "No Me Den Candela" listen > "Te Estan Buscando" listen > Click Here For More >







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Featured Artist News Podcast Collectors

Ruben Blades Bohemio Y Poeta LVJ reviews "Ruben Blades is the featured artist of the week. We highlight Bohemio Y Poeta "Song Title" listen > Click Here For More > Tito Rodriguez Best World Music 2009 The latest release from Fania records Tito Rodriguez "A Man And His Music" "Song Title" listen > Click Here For More > Radio Gladys Palmera Canciones del Solar La Hora Faniatica from RGP features a special radio show about Canciones del Solar "Song Title" listen > Click Here For More > Ray Barretto Acid "I had been Black for a long time besides being Puerto Rican.It was part of growing up in NYC" "Song Title" listen > Click Here For More >