As excitement grows for this year's 16 Annual International L.A. Salsa Congress to be held May 22-26 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, listeners of the popular salsa show on KPFK, "Canto Tropical," will be treated to live interviews with salsa legends from the congress site on Saturday, May 24, from 8-10 p.m.
"We are so thrilled to again offer our listeners an exciting evening of radio," says Kathy "La Rumbera" D?¡az, host of "Canto Tropical," which airs every Saturday on KPFK-90.7 FM from 8-10 p.m. "Last year was such a great success, and we know for those who cannot attend the congress in person, our live broadcast is the next best thing."
Adds D?¡az, "We really look forward to interviewing members of the legendary T?¡pica 73 and along with their great vocalists Jos?® Alberto 'El Canario' and Adalberto Santiago. This is one of the great charanga bands to come out of New York."
Along with playing music of T?¡pica 73 between interviews, D?¡az and Nila will also play the music of other artists appearing at the congress, including Mambo Legends and LA 33 as well as L.A.-based groups Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca, Son Mayor, Johnny Polanco and Conjunto Costazul.
"Canto Tropical" has aired on KPFK, a public radio station, since 1986 and remains one of the most popular salsa radio shows in Southern California. This is due to its quality programming and KPFK's wide reach with its more than 100,000 watts of broadcast power. Host and co-host D?¡az and Nila are committed to playing the best music from local and international artists and giving them a voice on their show.
Listener-sponsored radio station KPFK, in Los Angeles, was the second of what would eventually become five Pacifica Stations to go on the air. It was 1959 and Terry Drinkwater was the first general manager. Blessed with an enormous transmitter in a prime location, KPFK is the most powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States. (www.kpfk.org )
Founded in 1986, "Canto Tropical" remains a favorite show among salsa aficionados. It's commitment to sharing not only great music but the history and culture surrounding the music has drawn listeners from five counties in Southern California as well as Internet listeners from around the world. It is often the only opportunity for both local and non-local artists to have their music aired. Host Katharine A. D?¡az ("La Rumbera") and co-host Armando Nila ("El Caballero Salsero") bring their expertise about the music to every show. (Look for the "official" "Canto Tropical" page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CantoTropical .)