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Remixing Classics: Fania Opens Its Vaults

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Branko mixes classic sounds with new sensibilities in his remix of "Herencia African." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Branko mixes classic sounds with new sensibilities in his remix of "Herencia African."

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This week on Alt.Latino, we venture into a long-running conversation about remixing classic recordings. Along the way, we feature a new album released by Fania Records called Calentura, in which the label sent a handful of DJs and producers a treasure trove of original masters from the Golden Age of the brash and innovative Afro-Caribbean music known as salsa.

I can already hear some of you reacting to the concept:

"Malditos! How dare you tamper with perfection?"

"Would you repaint a Frida Kahlo masterwork?"

"Desgraciados."

Those are fair reactions.

So we decided to invite one of the talented DJ/producers who contributed a track to the album: our pal Uproot Andy, whose music we've featured on Alt.Latino before. We also invited the man behind the mixing board for many of the Fania sessions: Jon Fausty, who gave us so many timeless recordings.

What you hear this week is the kind of detailed discussion about art, culture, originality and plain old personal opinion that helps us put the whole remix culture into context. So come armed with your strongly held opinions — and, more importantly, your love for Fania — and give it a listen. Let us know what you think.

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Cover for Calentura: Global Bassment

Remixing Classics: Fania Opens Its Vaults

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Willie Colón & Hector Lavoe (Uproot Andy Remix)

  • Song: Eso Se Baila Asi (Uproot Andy Remix) [feat. Hector Lavoe]
  • from Calentura: Global Bassment
Cover for The Hustler

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Willie Colón

  • Song: Eso Se Baila Así
  • from The Hustler
Cover for Asalto Navideño

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Willie Colón

  • Song: La Murga
  • from Asalto Navideño
Cover for Calentura: Global Bassment

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Willie Colón & Hector Lavoe (Deejay Theory Remix)

  • Song: La Murga (Deejay Theory Remix) [feat. Héctor Lavoe]
  • from Calentura: Global Bassment
Cover for Calentura: Global Bassment

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Celia Cruz & Willie Colón (Canyon Cody & Captain Planet Remix)

  • Song: Pun Pun Catalu (Canyon Cody & Captain Planet Remix)
  • from Calentura: Global Bassment
Cover for Calentura: Global Bassment

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Justo Battencourt (Dengue Dengue Dengue Remix)

  • Song: Pa' Bravo Yo (Dengue Dengue Dengue Remix)
  • from Calentura: Global Bassment
Cover for There Goes the Neighborhood

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Willie Colón & Mon Rivera

  • Song: Ya Llego
  • from There Goes the Neighborhood

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Song
There Goes the Neighborhood
Album
There Goes the Neighborhood
Artist
Willie Colón & Mon Rivera
Label
Fania
Released
1975

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Cover for Calentura: Global Bassment

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Willie Colón & Mon Rivera (Captain Planet Remix)

  • Song: Ya Llego (Captain Planet Remix)
  • from Calentura: Global Bassment
Cover for Calentura: Global Bassment

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Celia Cruz (Branko Remix)

  • Song: Herencia Africana (Branko Remix)
  • from Calentura: Global Bassment