Ay Pachanga is the Latin party of the year!
Fresh from sell-out shows in Sydney, Ay Pachanga is on its way to Coffs Harbour, celebrating the world’s largest Latin label, Fania Records, and the music that made it famous. See Music Director Martin Taylor and his stellar line-up of musicians and dancers at Jetty Memorial Theatre performing Latin sounds of the ’60s and ’70s that will have you up and dancing, from Latin Boogaloo to Salsa and Mambo. Arrive at 12:00pm and learn all the moves beforehand in a class led by renowned Salsa teacher, Airagdin Pavon More (“El Moro”). Ay Pachanga is produced by Cadencia Productions and presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.
Founded in New York in 1964, Fania Records produced Latin music stars such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Ruben Blades, and showcased musical influences derived from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, America and Panama.
“Basically, there were all these sounds coming out of the Caribbean,” says Producer Anna Griffiths.
“With a lot of Puerto Ricans and Cubans moving to New York in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, these influences became embedded in the colourful local tapestry of music and culture. It was in the ‘60s and ‘70s that the melting pot of Puerto Rican, Cuban and Afro-American musicians who performed these Latin styles clashed with the Funk, Disco, Soul and Jazz that existed in New York to produce new hybrids such as Boogaloo, Latin Jazz and Salsa.”
Fania Records was conceived in the heart of this era, by Dominican-born composer and bandleader Johnny Pacheco and Italian-American lawyer Jerry Masucci. “It basically started out of the back of a car and went on to become one of the biggest – if not the biggest – Latin labels in the world,” marvels Griffiths. “I was so fascinated by this movement and era – the way that this new style was born and exploded onto the streets of Latin New York, that I wanted to capture it in a show.”
“Martin Taylor has been my musical mentor throughout the process,” she explains. “He leads Mucho Mambo, a 15-piece orchestra that performs pre-salsa music, a lot of Cuban Rhythms. Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and Bolero (to name a few).”
Following sell-out shows in Sydney, Ay Pachanga celebrates the world’s largest Latin label, Fania Records, transforming the venue into a buzzing party filled with Latin-Jazz and salsa rhythms.
“The chemistry between the dancers and the musicians immersed the audience in the world of Latin New York – and they LOVED it!” – Richard Petkovic, Sydney Sacred Music Festival Director
JMT & Musica Viva Present
Sunday 1 July
1 hr Salsa Workshop 12pm
Performance only $40
Performance plus Workshop $45
Workshop only $10
This event is general admission.