Sazón Fridays Presented by FANIA at Apt.78!

Come one, come all to Apt.78’s Sazón Fridays presented by Fania and hosted by hip-hop legend and DJ Bobbito Garcia. His popping basslines, crisp breakbeats, and raw turntable scratching is sure to promise a night of seductive salsa for all to enjoy. Next Friday, Rice & Beans Soundsystem will host and by the looks of its advertisement, it will surely be a night filled with delectable beats! Apt 78 is located at 4447 Broadway, NYC.

Now, if  you’re not familiar with Fania’s music, here’s a bit of history:

Latin music, specifically ‘Salsa’ wouldn’t be what it is today without the high-energy jazz flavored group Fania AllStars. The Fania-All-Star Familia (Family) consisted of: Yomo Toro, Roberto Roena, Papo Lucca, Adalberto Santiago, Johnny Pacheco, Reynaldo Jorge, Ismael Miranda, Puchi Boulong, Luigi Texidor, Leopoldo Pineda, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Anibal Vazquez, Eddie Montalvo, Ruben Blades, Pupi Legarreta, Santos Colon, Ed Byrne, Juancito Torres, Sal Cuevas, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, Nicky Marrero, Hector “Bomberito” Zarzuela and Ismael Quintana.

Their music was a sumptuous meld of infectious grooves and Latin Funk. Co-Founded by the Dominican born Johnny Pacheco and Italian-American and practicing attorney, Jerry Masucci. The two were able to converge not only on establishing a star-studded ensemble and record label, but would break ground on North American soil as well as Latin America and the Caribbean. Their debut in 1964 gave rise musically and socially to the sons and daughters of migrant Latinos in New York City and provided a social identity within a new landscape.

On August 26, 1971 over 5,000 fans showed up at the legendary Cheetah Ballroom (which would later become the recording grounds for a number of live Fania LPs) as highlighted in the documentary entitled “Nuertra Cosa” (Our Latin Thing). Two years later, same month, over 44,000 fans filled Yankee Stadium to experience the Afro-Caribbean sounds of the now popular Fania-All-Stars. In 1974, Fania traveled to Zaire, Africa and received an overwhelming welcome from 80,000 fans.

“Nuestro Cosa” showcases a pioneering moment that defined this group of talented musicians through the art of musical expression. A group that has influenced their contemporaries and countless others -innovators of their time that are now witnessing a rebirth of its rival.

Film’s Press Release:

OUR LATIN THING  (Nuestra Cosa): On August 26, 1971 New York City gave birth to a sound that would change the face of Latin music forever. That evening at the renown Cheetah Nightclub, The FANIA ALL-STARS hit the stage with their unique sound that would echo across all borders and reach all countries. This film, shot all over Spanish Harlem in New York City, explores the musical celebrations of the city’s Puerto Rican population. Among the many artists featured are Johnny Pacheco, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and Ismael Miranda. Featuring mostly muisical performances, the Spanish-language film has English subtitles for the few occasions when a narration is provided. One of the delights of this film is the uncensored glimpse it gives into this lively and highly musical community. This free form film classic is fully remastered with much improved sound. Now available 40 years later and more relevant than ever. BUY NOW »

“Our Latin Thing” Official Trailer

Now, the only question left to ask is will Apt.78 feature the Whiskey Barons for their Sazón Fridays? That remains to be seen; but till then here’s a little something to whet the appetite!  Porque si es Fania, tiene que ser bueno! 

-Roz Baron

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