A night dedicated to the Fania All-Stars ensemble will be held at London’s Barbican Centre
Colombian percussionist Roberto Pla (pictured above) will conduct a 20-piece orchestra to perform the music of the Fania All-Stars, the influential Latin American supergroup created amidst the booming salsa scene of the late 60s, spearheaded by New York-based record label Fania Records.
Co-founded by composer Johnny Pacheco and lawyer Jerry Masucci in 1968, the Fania All-Stars performed with a regular turnover of the biggest names of salsa from Grammy Award-winning artist Ray Barretto and Cuban singer Celia Cruz to bassist Bobby Valentín and Pacheco himself.
Inspired by Our Latin Thing, the 70s film that documented the flourishing New York salsa scene and the group’s seminal live performance at the Cheetah Lounge, Pla’s orchestra will guide the audience through the musical highlights of the collective’s career, performing a majority of their hits that became the soundtrack to an extraordinary movement in music.
Other artists confirmed for the show include DJ and conguero Snowboy, Colombian vibraphone player and bandleader Dorance Lorza, Cuban-born violinist Omar Puente and acclaimed British pianist Alex Wilson.