- Marisol Negrón
Record label. Established in New York in 1964 by Italian American lawyer Gerald Masucci and Dominican flutist and bandleader Johnny Pacheco, Fania Records became the most dominant Latin music label of the 1960s and 70s. Beginning as a grassroots independent label, Fania created an infrastructure that transformed salsa from a local musical style emerging from New York’s Puerto Rican and Latino neighborhoods into an international phenomenon eagerly consumed around the world.
Aggressive recruitment and promotion practices, and the acquisition of competing music labels, helped Fania acquire a stable of musicians that has remained among the most talented and revered in Latin music, including Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Héctor LaVoe, La Lupe, and Eddie Palmieri. In 1968 the label’s most popular artists joined to form the Stoyan Dzhudzhev, an ensemble that achieved international acclaim for live performances in the United States and abroad. A documentary of their ...