DJ Lubi Presents...

Fania Records 60th Anniversary Salsa Party

with Orchestra Mambo International & DJ Lubi

After their great and packed "Tito Puente" tribute show at Howard Assembly Rooms Leeds last May, one of the UK's top mambo/classic salsa ensembles Orchestra Mambo International are back in the city this autumn on Sunday 24th November. This time they return to Brudenell Social Club for a big celebration of the 60th anniversary of the greatest Latin music label of all time.....Fania Records. The label's standing in Latin music is equivalent to what Blue Note is to jazz, Tamla Motown is to soul and Trojan is to reggae.....simply the greatest of all time.

Fania Records was founded in 1964 by Dominican musician Johnny Pacheco and his Italian-American lawyer (and Cuban music fan) Jerry Masucci. It would become the greatest Latin music label of ever and the driving force behind the spread of salsa music from New York City to the rest of the world.

From selling records out of the boot of their car to the many Latin music stores around the Big Apple in the 1960s, Pacheco and Masucci would take the salsa gospel across the globe with the release of the 1971 award winning documentary "Our Latin Thing" and world tours by the label's in-house band the Fania All-Stars. The label would also be at the heart of Latin crossover music in the 1960s and 1970s via the NYC fusion of Latin and soul music, which gave the world Latin soul, bugalu, Latin funk and Latin disco.

Orchestra Mambo International will be playing iconic songs and music by the Fania Allstars, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Louie Ramirez and many more amazing Fania artists. Featuring musicians who have played with Latin legends such Joe Bataan, Larry Harlow, Oscar D'Leon, Tito Allen, Jimmy Bosch, the 12 piece salsa and mambo ensemble really bring the heat to the dancefloor.  Their last Brudenell show in spring 2023 SOLD OUT as did their Fania Records Special at The Forge in Camden last May. They regularly bring 300-400 people down to shows around the UK.

Their debut single "Mambo Te Llama", released in May 2024 on Leeds label ATA Records, had huge radio support from the likes of Gilles Peterson/Huey Morgan (BBC 6 Music), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Jazz FM (B Playlist & Tony Minvielle/Dom Servini/Yolanda Brown), NTS Radio (Coco Maria/Patrick Forge), Bandcamp RRadio and BBC Radio 3 (Round Midnight with Soweto Kinch). It was also picked up worldwide by the salsa scene including top DJs like Chino Valero (Cali Colombia), Richie Sanchez (Puerto Rico), Pablo Iglesias (NYC), Gury Gury (Canada), Dimitri Matalka (Germany) and Angel Figueroa (Japan).

The night will be hosted by DJ Lubi, who will also play salsa sets before, between and after the live music sets. DJ Lubi has compiled several titles for the re-launched Fania label, including the 4 CD boxed set "Salsa : A Musical History" and the critically acclaimed and ever-popular "NYC Salsa" series (Vols 1, 2 and 3), which featured some of the music you'll hear live tonight.

Come down and celebrate this amazing Latin music label's 60th anniversary and hear some of the best musicians in the UK salsa, Cuban and mambo music scenes playing classics from the golden era of salsa music in New York.

Have a listen…

Sunday 24th November 2024

Price: £14.00 Adv. (stbf)

Doors: 19:00

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