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Armada Fania

Armada Fania

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Nov 10, 6pm – 12am


Kenny Dope
Jose Marquez
Uproot Andy (Que Bajo)
Nina Sky
DJ Turmix


visual work by Carlos Rozon/Dzine

A DJ night and record digging pop-up from Fania, the NYC label founded in 1964 that launched some of the biggest Latin stars of Salsa and Afro-Carribean sounds, the likes of Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentín, and Héctor Lavoe. Armada Fania is a special event presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. The musical lineup spans a variety of musical styles championed by Fania, including headliner Kenny Dope, the world renowned DJ/producer and Brooklyn native whose career spans over 30 years and founded the influential Masters at Work (with Louie Vega); acclaimed LA DJ/producer Jose Marquez known for his infectious global dance rhythms; Uproot Andy, one half of the popular NYC tropical bass DJ team Que Bajo; the eclectic Puerto Rican pan-pop sister DJ act Nina Sky (aka Nicole and Natalie Albino); and the leading latin boogaloo expert DJ Turmix, who helped reinvigorate the latin boogaloo scene in NYC since arriving from Barcelona in 2008. First-generation Puerto Rican artist Carlos Rolón/Dzine, who is internationally recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations, will exhibit a special piece at the pop-up celebrating Fania’s illustrious history. A special retail pop-up market will be filled with Fania’s famed vinyl catalogue.

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Fania is the most transcendental label in the history of Latin music.  Home to a roster of iconic music stars, these artists offered a cornucopia of styles that surpassed the boundaries of traditional Latin music and set the path for the genres of Latin big band, Afro-Cuban jazz, boogaloo, salsa and Latin R&B.  By bringing together the eclectic vision of Dominican bandleader Johnny Pacheco with the business savvy of Lawyer Jerry Masucci, Fania created a unique sound: the apex of tropical music, combined with the swing of big band jazz and the gritty vibe of American R&B. The label provided an artistic heaven for a young generation of musicians who were inspired to experiment with new musical formats.   It also gave birth to a musical group, the legendary Fania All Stars that changed the history of Latin Music.


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