For an incredible Vivid Sydney edition, we're super excited to be hosting the formidable, End Notes XVIII: Latin, presented by Edward Lyons, the story of Fania Records, featuring a 10-piece live salsa band fronted by internationally acclaimed Uruguyan vocalist Gonzalo Porta.
End Notes is an ongoing series of live monthly performances, each a different musical chapter from the life of jazz critic Princeton âthe Dukeâ Parker. To date shows have covered New Orleans, blues, bossa nova, funk, neo-soul, Motown and disco, and now brings the music of Latin to the Cake Wines Cellar Door stage.
Born from the mass migration of Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Cubans and Mexicans to New York City between 1930 and 1960, Fania Records was founded in 1964 in Spanish Harlem by business partners Dominican musician Johnny Pacheco and lawyer Jerry Masucci.
From humble beginnings delivering records to local stores out of the boot of Masucci's car, Fania signed the best Latin musicians in the city (Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Hctor Lavoe, Willie Coln, Ruben Blads) and rapidly grew to a global brand, spreading the sound of Nu-Yorican salsa from the dance clubs of New York to the rest of the world. Fania Records not only achieved legendary fame for its musical quality but as a widespread cultural and social force as the brash, vibrant and new soundtrack of the early 1970s to the coming of age of Latin communities across the country in embracing their Afro identity.
Fania releases included the diverse melting pot of Latin, Caribbean and African rhythms and dances such as the timbao, danzon, plena, rumba and montuno, the result is a passionate combination of energy and movement. The quintessential sound of the Fania label was the tightly wound percussion ensemble of cowbell, timbales, guiro and congas blended with substantive jazz influences of the bass and keyboards balanced with the soaring syncopated horns bringing in the next chorus.
Maintaining an unprecedented roster for over two remarkable decades including the Fania All Stars super-group, a revolving collective of the labelâs leading lights who often toured and recorded together, Fania became an iconic emblem of Latino culture. Vivid Festival