Their collaboration is one of the high points of the Fania years. Most of the songs were written by Blades and include "Pedro Navajo," a reworking of "Mack the Knife" and "Plastico" which is a warning against blatant materialism. If you are serious about salsa, Siembra must be part of your collection. Colon, then 17 years old, had signed a deal with Fania and Lavoe, then 20 years old, was the suggested vocalist.
The critics panned the album, finding the music too raw, but the public loved it and today it is one of the classics of early salsa and the Fania label. After splitting with Colon, Hector Lavoe was insecure about going out and making a solo album.
When he finally did Colon produced the album he was surprised at his success. Of the few non-Latino musicians involved with the new salsa movement, Larry Harlow was one of the pioneers of the early days of Fania. Primarily a pianist, Harlow studied music in Cuba in the s and his Orquesta Harlow was one of the first to sign with the newly formed record label.
One of the best selling salsa albums of all time paired Fania co-founder Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz. Predating Siembra by about a year, Metiendo Mano set the stage for taking salsa out of the realm of pure music and romanticism and gave it a conscience by marrying political and social themes to the music.
Conga king Ray Barretto was one of the earliest artists signed by Fania. Ismael Miranda had been performing with the Fania All Stars; in Fania decided to try and increase sales by promoting the vocalists that had become so popular. Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Sunday 2 August Monday 3 August Tuesday 4 August Wednesday 5 August Thursday 6 August Friday 7 August Saturday 8 August Sunday 9 August Monday 10 August Tuesday 11 August Wednesday 12 August Thursday 13 August Friday 14 August Saturday 15 August Sunday 16 August Monday 17 August Tuesday 18 August Wednesday 19 August Thursday 20 August Friday 21 August Saturday 22 August Sunday 23 August
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