Hector Lavoe

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Hector Lavoe

Hector Lavoe has a mythical status in Latin music. The undisputed king of salsa singers, ‘El Cantante de los cantantes’, was blessed with an extraordinary talent as a ‘sonero’ – his vocal improvisations were the stuff of legend. Leaving Puerto Rico for New York at 17 his break came when he joined forces with Willie Colon and in 1967 released El Malo on Fania Records. It was an instant hit and the first of many in his hugely successful career. Singing about life in the barrio, his connection with his public was such that generations of Latin music fans still consider his song Mi Gente (My People) to be the iconic anthem of Latin identity. A flamboyant and expressive artist, his personal life was turbulent, drug addiction raged and when he died of AIDS in 1993 aged just 43, a revered giant of Latin music was mourned worldwide.

Hector Lavoe
From Mambo to Hip Hop
Report
28/04/2009 - 23:00
The award winning documentary From Mambo to Hip Hop celebrates the creative spirit that literally rose from the ashes to create a culture that took on the world.See the report: From Mambo to Hip Hop...
Fania Records
Report
21/04/2009 - 23:00
Founded in New York in 1964 Fania Records became the greatest Latin label of all time. With a major reissue programme underway we take a look at the legendary label which continues to define salsa today.See the report: Fania Records...
Fania Records
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21/04/2009 - 23:00
Photos courtesy of the Fania archive...
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