Fania Allstars

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We didn't travel much then, once to California and once to Venezuela, but we certainly took care of the boroughs in New York

Eddie Palmieri, jazz.com, 21 January 2008

The Fania All-Stars is a musical ensemble established in 1968 as a showcase for the musicians on the record label Fania Records, the leading salsa record company of the time. They popularised New York salsa during the 1970s by organizing concerts at larger and larger venues (from the Red Garter in Greenwich Village all the way to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx) that spotlighted not only the label’s but the salsa world’s biggest stars — Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda, Cheo Feliciano, Bobby Cruz, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, and special guests like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri.