Salsa Dura Lives

The Salsa Dura Show

By Andy Padua
Published on LatinoLA: September 22, 2006

Salsa Dura Lives

If someone were to ask you, which Salsa or Latin Jazz artist do you remember in the early 60s and 70s?

I guarantee 90% of the time many would respond "Tito Puente, Willie Colon, Ray Barreto or Celia Cruz." No one will ever forget those magnificent Fania All Stars singers and bandleaders. Even the non-Hispanic communities remembers yesterday's Fania Legends. Mainstream or commercial radio continues to play most of their music in east and west coast but with minimal airplay.

Fania Records was the Latin Motown of the 60s rnand 70s. The Motown roster had legends after legends including; The Marvelletes, The Jackson Five, The Temptation, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Four Tops, Rick James and their roster goes on and on.

Fania's roster had their Latin legends: Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Roberto Roena and Su Apollo Sound etc. They were the greatest and still are till this day. However was Fania the only record label producing salsa artist in the 60's and 70's in the US. Were they not other singers and great Latin Orquesta outside of the Fania family?

They were literally thousands of Salsa artists in the 60's and 70's that recorded for other record labels. Many of these artists did not receive much recognition they truly deserved. Several only recorded one album and disappeared from the music scene.

Even those artist that recorded several albums are forgotten today by the majority of Latin music enthusiast.

Nick Aguirre from California has resurrected many of these swinging salsa artists with his Sunday Salsa Dura Show on the Latin Soul Show Internet radio created by Andres Padua of New York City. Nick not only plays your common Salsa Dura you normally hear on the radio but 99% of his playlist are from rare Latin Orquestas such as: Orquesta Dee Jay, La Protesta, Orquesta Flamboyan, New Generation, La Fantastica, Candido Y Su Moviemiento, Orquesta Capri, Chamaco Ramierez, Eddie Lebron, Ray Rodriguez, Papo Felix, Paul Ortiz, Joe Acosta, Kako, Monguito and thousands of others. Not to mention the hot rnswinging Cuban Son tunes.

His playlist is endless.

Nick's Salsa Dura Show will guarantee rare classic Salsa tunes that you have not heard in over 3 decades. Several musicians from the old school become either shocked or filled with joy when they hear their classic swinging Salsa tune on The Salsa Dura Show they recorded back in the days with their orquestas. Some thought their music was archaic and dead to the world due to lack of airplay on mainstream radio.

Nick Aguirre continues to keep their precious music alive and kicking on his Salsa Dura Show. www.thelatinsoulshow.com

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