Huey Morgan's Latin Adventures

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Fania And Salsoul20210605In this episode, Huey stays in New York to explore the legacy of Fania Records. Fania was the home to the biggest names in salsa, we’re talking Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Eric Gale, Ray Barretto, Ralfi Pagan, Bobby Valentín, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, and, Ismael Miranda. Formed by bandleader Johnny Pacheco, alongside former New York cop Jerry Massucci, Fania had humble origins, with the two men selling records out the back of their cars. The label rapidly grew and became known as the Motown of latin music. The label was so successful that the Fania All-Stars would regularly play huge venues like Madison Square Garden, and famously Yankee Stadium.

Huey delves into Fania’s huge back catalog to tell the story of the label, and also explores the legacy of Fania’s rival, Salsoul. Formed when Fania was totally dominant, Salsoul followed the label’s blueprint by creating a house band stacked with talent, The Salsoul Orchestra. Salsoul, as the name suggests, initially combined soul music with salsa, and released records by the likes of Joe Bataan. Salsoul went on to ride the wave of disco, but always kept it’s latin DNA.

Huey Morgan dives into the unique sounds and diverse cultures of Latin America.

Huey Morgan's Latin Playlist - No.120210605Huey compiles an amazing playlist of his favourite Latin anthems

Huey Morgan dives into the unique sounds and diverse cultures of Latin America.

Huey Morgan's Latin Playlist - No.220210606Huey compiles an amazing playlist of his favourite Latin anthems.

Huey Morgan dives into the unique sounds and diverse cultures of Latin America.

03Episode 320210612In Episode 3 of Huey’s Latin Music Adventure, Huey goes back to the source and plays the music that originated out of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

The two nations have huge ex-pat communities living in New York, and it was these communities who brought with them the original sounds that would develop into Salsa, Boogaloo, Latin Jazz, Latin Freestyle and a bunch of other genres.

Having visited both places before the pandemic, Huey will play some of his favourite tracks that he discovered on those trips. As always he’ll also feature some of the New York artists whose ancestry is in Puerto Rico and Cuba.

A Cuban album that is inescapable is Buena Vista Social Club. Huey will hear from the head of World Circuit Records, Nick Gold, about the sessions that resulted in that classic recording.

Huey plays the music that originated out of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Huey Morgan dives into the unique sounds and diverse cultures of Latin America.

04Episode 420210619In the final part of Huey’s Latin Music Adventure, Huey focusses on new music being made by Latin artists. He hears from Ali Shaheed Muhammad (best know for being a member of Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge, who together have been creating new records with Brazilian Jazz legends such as Azymuth, Marcos Valle, and Joao Donato. Huey also hears from Wayne Francis, who was one of the band leaders on the Mestizo project, which brought players from the UK Jazz scene together with Cumbia musicians from Columbia to create a very special and unique performance. Oli and Miguel from London’s Olindo Records also make an appearance, talking about their work with mainly Venezuelan musicians.

In the final episode Huey focusses on new music being made by Latin artists.

Huey Morgan dives into the unique sounds and diverse cultures of Latin America.