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Standing on the shoulders of Salsa Giants

Standing on the shoulders of Salsa Giants

When Celia Cruz and Hector Lavoe pushed salsa into the Latino mainstream in the 1970s, they shared the spotlight and collaborated in an elite Latin tropical ensemble called Fania All Stars. The All-Stars were part of the mega successful and New York-based Fania Records, which monopolized Hispanic commercial radio throughout the 1970s and part of the '80s. The label catapulted its salsa stars to global fame with multiple best-selling records based on live performances. So when local producer Sergio George called Marc Anthony and other musicians in 2012 to produce a live all-star salsa album, he wasn't just trying to make music history, but also taking a page from it. The...

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