Our Friday posts are going to be a little different than those of the rest of the week. In addition to our two song choice, we thought it would be fun to create playlists (of 10 songs) for you guys. We really love making playlists for each other and have a lot of fun seeing what the other put together for us.
The first Friday theme to get your weekend kicked off is: Salsa!
Whether you’re the dancing salsa or eating salsa type this music will get ya going 🙂
We’re cheating this week and we’re sharing three videos.
Fania All Stars – Quitate Tu
This performance was filmed at the Cheetah in New York (1972)
This was our first choice because what’s better than watching awesome musicians jam out? -Awesome singers battle, these guys seriously have great voices. We really like that in this video you really get the vibe of being in the small club, you can really feel the crowd and the band’s energy.
Tito Puente & Charlie Palmieri – Jam En El Barrio
This performance is in a “barrio” of New York (1970’s)
First we must say that Tito Puente is the man. He’s a genius with tons of charisma and stage presence (as a lot of the major Salsa stars did). We like this video for much of the same reasons as choice number one. You really get a feel for N.Y. in the seventies. Also you get to see some really sweet dance moves and who doesn’t love sweet dance moves?
Choice #3: – The sweetheart of Fania, The Queen of Salsa herself- Celia Cruz. Azúcar!
Fania All Stars – Quimbara
This video is from the movie: Fania All Stars – Live in Afrika (1974) It’s a great documentary chronicling their time in Africa. They were there to perform as entertainment for the George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, “Rumble in the Jungle” fight. Foreman got injured and the fight was pushed back by weeks and entertainers like Fania, BB King, and James Brown were asked to stay longer to keep interest up. There’s a great movie called When We Were Kings if you’re interested
Besides the interesting history of the video we chose this clip because everyone should experience Celia Cruz at least once in their lifetime, even if that is only on Youtube. Not only was she a great singer but she was larger than life. Plus you get to see her and Johnny Pacheco rock it out. I think you’re starting to learn how we feel about sweet dancing.
You can find the playlist Here. Happy Friday!