Friday, March 03, 2006

Que Viva La Musica!

Interesting news in an email from the legendary Fania label - the single most important Salsa label ever (see below), and certainly one of the most important labels ever based in New York - is officially coming back to life.

According to an article in Hispanic Magazine, Protel Records of Miami, which is corporately related to Richard Branson's V2, bought the label last summer. The first 30 titles have been recently remastered and are now available at, with liner notes by their "virtually resident scholar" John Child.

Check out the Hispanic Magazine article for an entertaining interview with pianist "El Judío Maravilloso" Larry Harlow, and for more details on Fania past and present. Suffice to say, with a catalog of over 1000 albums, this will be a reissue goldmine.

I hope the association with V2 will dramatically boost this incredible catalog's availability. I know I can't wait to spend some money. Maybe the musicians will get more than a taste this time around.


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