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  • Fania Tribute on Encanto Tropical 35

    This summer marks sixty years since Fania Records was founded by Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Masucci. [ Replay on SoundCloud ] In the years which followed, Fania ballooned in size and power, with varying degrees of success but not without criticism, both in the way it treated its artists and in its business conduct with other record labels and independent artists. Regardless, Fania merits the undeniable role as an institution which helped put salsa on the music map. Domestically, Fania served as a flagship for affirming identity and celebration among Latin American migrants in United States. At the international level, it gained a following for a standard sound while contributing to the popularization of salsa -- along with other labels in the industry -- across the Caribbean and South America. Several Fania artists became household names, and much of their album cover art and many of their songs now serve as icons and anthems, as it were, of a bygone era that some refer to as a golden age of salsa. Fania would cease operations well before the millennium, but its catalog of songs numbering in the thousands is still in operation with full rights owned and protected by its present owner. Personally, I developed mixed feelings about Fania . On one hand, as both a general listener and a budding DJ, many of its artists and songs influenced me greatly. On the other hand, it would later dawn on me that the market for salsa was dominated by this one label, and an unfortunate result was that talented bands or musicians unassociated with Fania (for whatever reason) did not receive the recognition they deserved. In addition, one could say there was a uniformity of sorts in the Fania sound although it was still fresh, revolutionary, and important in the development of the genre. This would end with the advent of so-called salsa romantica, but during its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s -- and even several decades later, when there was a revival for appreciating 'older' salsa -- Fania was unrivaled. One had to go to great lengths to discover anything that was not part of the Fania universe. (This includes important sub-labels or other labels that Fania acquired, such as Alegre, Tico, Cotique, and Vaya). My point is that during my formative years as a DJ while diving deep into salsa, I realized there was a lot of non-Fania material which was not only very different in sound but also very good in quality (technological limitations notwithstanding); however it meant many salsa players had been ignored, overlooked, or simply unfindable because, in simple terms, Fania was just so immense. Perhaps Fania is not a sole culprit; rather that it was the nature of the record industry, which is very different from today, where technical and networking advancements benefit independent artists and limit the influence of a label. Nonetheless, there was a disconnect between the music being made and its distribution or promotion among target audiences, and it was so pronounced that even today there is a reactionary taste when it comes to vintage salsa. By example, many seasoned DJs are likely to avoid Fania when playing music from the 70s and 80s -- leaning instead towards rare and very different sounds of other vintage productions. I say this from anecdotal experience. With these caveats in mind, marking the occasion of sixty years of Fania still has relevance, and Episode 35 acknowledges this with a selection of iconic Fania material. However, choices will be pared down by avoiding big anthems because there's no point in a predictable track list that listeners can easily find on Spotify or elsewhere. Instead, I will attempt an original approach by striking a balance between personal favourites and lesser-known work in the Fania universe -- spotlighting individual artists with one emblematic song of my choice. In this way, song choices will be contextualized, following the approach in many projects here at Encanto Tropical. However, it goes without saying that a show limited to two hours cannot serve as a comprehensive tribute to Fania. It can only be just a small dedication. I invite listeners to join me for this broadcast. Feedback and commentary are always welcome. Episode 35, Encanto Tropical Thu May 9 2024 5am PT / 8am ET / 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET / 21:00 Japan [ Replay on SoundCloud ] Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

  • Encanto Tropical 34 (WSR)

    Replay Encanto Tropical 34 using the link at the bottom of this page: 27 songs (1:59:24). Episode 34 is a live recording of a gig at Mambongo Social in Tokyo on April 6, but with all the bachata and kizomba removed. I could not provide track commentary due to voice issues (from hay fever), so it’s effectively a two salsa hour mix, with an eclectic range of vintage bangers and contemporary material. REPLAY EPISODE 34 Next Episode 35 May 8, 2024 Fania Tribute (60th Anniversary) 5am PT / 8am ET / 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET / 21:00 Japan Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

  • February 2024 Salsa Picks

    And now the monthly spotlight of 10 salsa songs on Encanto Tropical. Here is February 2024. In the top position is a salsa version of 'Entre dos aguas' from Paco de Lucía, interpreted by Son Con Ron, a Germany-based band formed around the brothers Anichi and Pablo Perez. Naturally, strings serve as the key motif and are played by Anichi Perez, who can deliver on both the acoustic guitar and Cuban tres. Their album"Flor", released two weeks ago, includes several previously-released material -- among them the title track from 2022 that quickly became popular among listeners and DJs alike. A simply great album, my hunch is that 'Entre dos aguas' becomes yet another anthem of theirs. The other tracks in the top five include two with Cuban flavour: 'Pero Tu' by the Italy-based trio of El Timba/Roberto Sabroso/El Bandera as well as 'Son de Verdad' by Juan Karlos and Sangre Nueva, from California USA. Colombian salsa dura make up the other two songs, with strong brass sections and notable piano in 'No Juega Mas' by Benedict & The Magic Band and 'Malalo' by Orquesta 220. Among the remaining tracks are two romantica by Jose Ricardo Salsa ('Y Amarte Mas'), from Colombia and Hector Olmo ('Si a veces hablo de ti') from Puerto Rico. Also representing Puerto Rico are two other bands: Julio Albino y su Orq. Secreto a Voces, with the upbeat 'Paila de Guarachero' and Don Perignon & La Puertorriqueña's mid-tempo 'La Clave Me Lleva'. Closing the list is a nod to the slightly poppy but catchy tune 'Bochinchero' by Motiff and Tito Nieves. All monthly charts are sourced from the Spotify playlist below (curated by DJ Rem and me). For other salsa charts (commencing from January 2023), see the Charts page. Videos Subscribe to get notified of future charts

  • Encanto Tropical 33 (WSR)

    Replay Encanto Tropical 33 using the link at the bottom of this page: 24 songs (2:06:11). Next week on Monday February 12th I have the pleasure being the supporting DJ at the album-release concert and 10th anniversary of the Japanese salsa band Son D' K.Libre. They are based in Osaka, where I was living when they formed ten years ago. The director is the multi-talented guitarist, composer, and singer Yacel Sagarra. In a previous post, I included details of the Son D' K.Libre 2024 Tour. ​ Episode 33 is an all-Cuban mix featuring songs from both Son D' K.Libre and the duo of Yacel and his partner -- together they perform independently as Yacel and Aya. Full attribution is given on the show. Featured artists are listed below. Bamboleo Berna Jam Charangon Del Norte, Wilver Pedrozo Cubanicho Cuban`S TRes Los Djs Timberos & Los Pollos Timberos & Leidy Garcia Gonzalez El Equipo Del Norte El Rubio Loco & Dj Fabrizio Zoro Fabio Gianni & Ivan Venot Formell y Los Van Van El Hijo de Teresa y la Llegada Leo Wilber (feat. DJ Andrea Tresdò) Mixael Cabrera Mercadonegro Orishas Passion Timba Renesito Avich Son D' K.Libre Yacel and Aya Yacel Sagarra Yasser Ramos Y El Tumbao Mayombe Yuma Takeuchi (竹内悠馬) REPLAY EPISODE 33 Next Episode 34 Fania Tribute POSTPONED / TBD 5am PT / 8am ET / 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET / 22:00 Japan Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

  • Cuban Session feat. Son D' K.Libre

    Coming up is Episode 33 on February 8th where I play from my playlist for next week's album release concert by Son D' K.Libre in Tokyo. For context, this means a Cuban-style session -- with lots of new material -- featuring tracks from Son D' K.Libre's album Lo Que Se Cuenta and from the duo Yacel & Aya Sagarra, since Yacel is the bandleader (guitar, vocals) and his partner Aya also sings for the band. The Son D' K.Libre concert tour includes dates in Hamamatsu, Nagoya, and Osaka, where they are based. It's a thrill for me to support their Tokyo concert as I have known them since their inception ten years ago when I was living in Osaka. Encanto Tropical 33 DJ Angel Figueroa www.WorldSalsaRadio.com "Cuban Session" Thu Feb. 8, 22:00 Japan Time 05:00 PT / 08:00 ET / 12:00 UTC / 14:00 CET To listen live, first click on the link above. Then create a username in the white box before clicking the play button. Wait a few seconds for the show to load. Don't forget to say "hi" in the chat! (All episodes are also available for replay). Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

  • Son D'K.Libre アルバムリリースツアー

    日本語|English 日本のサルサバンドSon D' K.Libreが結成10周年を記念し、2月11日から14日まで浜松、東京、名古屋、大阪の4都市でコンサートツアーを行います。 このツアーは、2023年9月にリリースされたカリブレのファーストアルバム「Lo Que Se Cuenta」を記念して開催されます。CDに収録された全8曲はバンドリーダーのジャセル ・サガーラ(ギター&ボーカル)のオリジナルです。 主要なデジタル プラットフォームで入手可能ですが、ライブ会場では CDも販売されます。 ツアースケジュール 2月11日(日) 浜松: MARGARITA DJ Guitta • チケット&詳細 2月12日(祝 • 月) 東京: CROCODILE DJ Angel • チケット&詳細 2月13日(火) 名古屋: TOKUZO DJ German • チケット&詳細 2月14日(水) 大阪: SOMA DJ Atsushi • チケット&詳細 各コンサートには地元で活躍している DJ が参加して会場を盛り上げてくれます。 大阪に住んでいた頃からこのバンドのことを結成当初から知っていたので、東京でのコンサートで一緒に参加できることができて光栄に思います。 メンバー Son D' K.Libre は、その優れたレパートリーだけでなく、サンティアゴ・デ・クーバ出身のジャセル ・サガーラ以外は、全て才能豊かな日本人ミュージシャンのメンバーによって構成されています。 Yacel Sagarra (vo, gt, cho) Aya Sagarra (vo, cho) 大山りほ (key) 石井孝宏 (bs) とくじろう (conga,cho) 亀崎ヒロシ (dr, timbales, bongo) 松木理三郎 (tp) 高田将利 (tp) 清瀬勇気 (tb) 中平雄大 (sax) 注:大阪公演にはスペシャルゲストとしてフルートの福留 敬氏が出演します。 Son D'K.Libre Website Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon Produced by Sagarra Music エキサイティングなサルサのライブ体験を楽しめるこの機会をお見逃しなく! チケットの入手にサポートが必要な場合は、下記までご連絡ください。 Encanto Tropical 2月8日のエンカント トロピカルのラジオ番組(エピソード33)でこのコンサート ツアーの記念を飾ることができ、カリブレやジャセル & アヤを含むすべてのキューバ音楽をフィーチャーできることを嬉しく思います。

  • Son D'K.Libre Album Release Tour

    日本語|English The Japanese salsa band Son D'K.Libre is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert tour on February 11th - 14th in four cities: Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The tour supports their first album release, Lo Que Se Cuenta, in September 2023. All eight tracks are composed by band leader Yacel Sagarra (guitar and vocals). Available on all major digital platforms, CDs will also be for sale at the concerts. Tour Schedule Feb. 11 (Sunday) Hamamatsu: MARGARITA DJ Guitta • Tickets & Details February 12 (Holiday Monday) Tokyo: CROCODILE DJ Angel • Tickets & Details February 13 (Tuesday) Nagoya: TOKUZO DJ German • Tickets & Details February 14 (Wednesday) Osaka: SOMA DJ Atsushi • Tickets & Details Each concert date is supported by a local DJ. For the Tokyo concert, it's a privilege for me to be at the decks, as I have known the band from its inception back when I lived in Osaka. MEMBERS Son D'K.Libre is exceptional not only for its fine repertoire but also for its talented crew of Japanese musicians -- apart from Yacel Sagarra who hails from Santiago de Cuba. Yacel Sagarra (vocals, guitar, chorus) Aya Sagarra (vocals, chorus) Riho Oyama (keyboard) Takahiro Ishii (bass) Tokujiro Hamano (conga, chorus) Hiroshi Kamezaki (drums, timbales, bongo) Risabro Matuski (trumpet) Masatoshi Takata (trumpet) Kiyose Yuki (trombone) Yuta Nakahira (sax) NOTE: Takashi Fukutoshi appears as special guest (flute) in the Osaka concert. Son D'K.Libre Website Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon Produced by Sagarra Music If you're in Japan, don't miss this opportunity for an exciting salsa live experience. Contact me (below) if you need help obtaining tickets. I'm pleased to mark the occasion of this concert tour with the upcoming radio show of Encanto Tropical (Episode 33) on Feb 8, featuring all Cuban music including Son D'K.Libre and Yacel & Aya Sagarra.

  • Tropical Beats: Feb 23 in Chiba

    千葉県東金市のレコードイベントでディージェイします。 情報は日本語と英語で続きます。 Coming up is a vinyl event in Togane, Chiba. Information follows in Japanese and English. トロピカル ビーツ 2月23日 (祝・金) 11:00−20:00 イベントコンセプトについて トロピカルミュージックをフューチャーしたオールヴァイナルイベント。DJ アンヘル フィゲロア (Angel Figueroa) がセレクトした音楽(主にサルサ、レゲエ、ラテンジャズ)。 トロピカルな音楽と共に上質な料理とお酒を楽し んでいただき、夕日の沈むテラスやステンドグラ ス素敵な室内で最高の空間をコンセプトとしております。 チャージは無料です ご予約はスタッフまでお早めに ! お子様連れ歓迎です。 The Terrace Kiminomori インストグラム | ホームページ | グーグルマップ | アクセス DJアンヘルについて (英語) Tropical Beats Feb 23 (Friday; Public Holiday) 11:00-20:00 Event Concept This is an all-vinyl event featuring tropical music selected by DJ Angel Figueroa (mainly salsa, reggae, Latin jazz). The concept is to create the best space for you to enjoy high-quality food and drinks with tropical music, on a terrace where you can watch the sunset, and in a beautiful interior with stained glass windows. No cover charge. Reservations can be made by phone. The Terrace Kiminomori Instagram | Homepage | Google Maps | Access About DJ Angel 場所 The Terrace Kiminomori 千葉県東金市季美の森東1−590−5 0475−71−2808 Venue The Terrace Kiminomori 1 Chome-590-5 Kiminomorihigashi, Togane, Chiba Tel. 0475-71-2808 Gallery アクセス:車 | 電車 > 車をご利用の方 千葉東金道路 山田ICより約2分 東京湾アクアライン・圏央道 東金ICより5分 圏央道『東金I.C』をご利用の方 圏央道をご利用の場合の降り口は【東金I.C】となります。 千葉東金道路【山田I.C】の上り方 面には降り口がございませんのでご注意下さい。 ※ グーグルマップにて住所検索をされる際には「The Forest Garden KIMINOMORI」とご入力ください。 > 電車・バスをご利用の方 東京駅より約60分 JR京葉線 わかしお 東京駅よりJR特急で大網駅まで44分。 大網駅より【季美の森行き】バスにて【東千葉メディカルセンター】まで12分 【東千葉メディカルセンター】バス停前より徒歩2分 Access When using Google Maps to navigate, enter "The Forest Garden KIMINOMORI". > By car 2 minutes from the Yamada IC of Chiba Togane Road 5 minutes from Togane Interchange on Tokyo Bay Aqua-line and Ken-O Expressway For those using the Togane Interchange on the Ken-O Expressway: When using the Ken-O Expressway, the exit is Togane I.C. For those using the Yamada I.C. on the Chiba Togane Expressway: Please note that there is no exit on the east side of the road. > By train/bus/taxi 1. From Oami Station Take the bus bound for Kibi no Mori and get off at Higashi Chiba Medical Center: 14 min. Then walk: 2 min. (Alternatively, a taxi from Oami Station will cost approximately 2000 yen) To access Oami Station by train from Tokyo Station: • JR Keiyo Line (Wakashio Express): 44 min; OR • JR Sobu Line (Rapid) to Chiba Station / JR Sotobo Line to Oami Station: 1hr 13 min. 2. From Chiba Station Take the bus bound for Kibi no Mori and get off at Higashi Chiba Medical Center: 268 min. Then walk: 2 min. To access Chiba Station by train from Tokyo Station: • JR Sobu Line (Rapid): 40 min.

  • January 2024 - Salsa Picks

    Here is my "top-10" salsa songs for January 2024. It is a good range of tracks topped by the previously unknown group Ah Hum! and their number 'A Guarchar' [sic] composed by Aidan McDonough and Mario Vasquez. Most songs were released this month but some were released in late December 2023. See the Charts page for past selections.

  • MambOki 20th Anniversary

    Replay Encanto Tropical 32 using the link at the bottom of this page: 26 songs (2:01:10). Two weeks ago I had the thrill of deejaying at a weekend event in Okinawa marking the 20th Anniversary of MambOki Latin Dance Studio, run by Erik Rodriguez, whose talents as a performer, instructor, and mentor deserve high praise. Congrats to him! ​ Episode 32 is made up of tracks from playlists used for my two sets at the event on Friday and Saturday. Full attribution is given on the show. Featured artists are listed below. Alméstica Antonio Cartagena Benedict & The Magic Band Chuck Velez Coco Garcia Cuba Quartet DDLO Dj Fabrizio Zoro, El Vikingo De La Salsa Dj Maurizio Dona' Dj Ricky Campanelli Eduardo Zayas y Su Ez la Banda El Equipo Del Norte El Tumbao de Ricar Fabio Gianni and LunaMea Quartet Gia Fu Joel Torres El Cata KUARE La Excelencia La Santa Rumba Larry Bass Lucas van Merwijk and His Cu-Bop City Big Band Marco Puma New Swing Sextet Riverita Y Su Orquesta Noche Caliente Ft Danny Rivera Jr REPLAY EPISODE 32 Next Episode 33 Theme TBD Feb 8 2024 Thu 5am PT / 8am ET / 13:00 UK / 14:00 CET / 22:00 Japan Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

  • Salsa 2023 on Encanto Tropical - Pt 2

    Replay Episode 31 using the link at the bottom of this page: Twenty-six songs (2:05:14). In this session I pick up where I left off in the last show, playing more salsa gems released in 2023. It turns out that with so much good material and several lesser-known artists worthy of recognition, a selection of just twenty-five tracks to represent the year is simply not enough. So I revisit the 2023 Spotify playlist and play outtakes, missed tracks, and even a few newly discovered ones, such as material released late in the year. That means another 25 salsa songs! My choice of tracks is selected from DJ Rem's Spotify playlist Contemporary Salsa (2023 Releases), which I also contributed to, and totals over 600 songs. Once again, it was not easy selecting 25 tracks from such a colossal number, but I managed to include a range of artists, both well-known and lesser-known ones. These tracks resonate with me and I believe deserve some recognition; however, I emphasize that my selection is merely personal and not intended as authoritative. Full attribution is given on the show. The track list is below in order of play (not ranking). REPLAY EPISODE 31 Next Episode 32 MambOki 20th Anniversary Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

  • Salsa 2023 Faves (Pt 2) on Encanto Tropical

    I will start Episode 31 where I ended in Episode 30, playing more of my preferred salsa songs released in 2023 -- that means twenty-five more tracks (fifty in total)! It turns out that with so much good material and so many lesser-known artists worthy of recognition, a selection of the "best 25" salsa songs of 2023 was just not enough. Criteria As mentioned in the post about the original show (Part 1), my choices are not intended to be authoritative. Rather, they are based on personal appreciation using several criteria -- primarily on how a song matches my style of deejaying for dancers. This is admittedly, subjective. Also important are what I consider to be notable arrangements, instrumentation, vocals, and lyrics. I also lean a little more towards artists who are not especially well-known but I feel deserve more recognition. Feedback Simply, I am keen to share my own favourite tracks. However, I certainly respect differences of opinion, so I welcome feedback on my selection and would love to hear recommendations about songs I did not choose. Source The pool of songs for choosing tracks is a Spotify playlist curated by my colleague DJ Rem (France) and myself for salsa songs released in 2023. It contains just more than 600 songs, so naturally it was very difficult to select only twenty-five songs for Part 1 and once again another twenty-five for this upcoming Part 2. While programming for both shows, I began with a shortlist of roughly 45 songs and then trimmed it little by little to reach my final twenty-five songs, which was not easy. Nonetheless, this upcoming episode (Part 2) is an attempt to fix some glaring omissions in the last show (Part 1), which aired on Dec 28. So I revisited the 2023 Spotify playlist and will play outtakes, passed-over tracks, and newly discovered material, such as songs released late in the year. Why 25? For those wondering why twenty-five and not more or less, the reason is because twenty-five is roughly the number of songs that I can squeeze into a two-hour show. Rankings Below is the ranking of songs from Part 1; however, the tracks appeared in a random order on the show. A replay link follows. REPLAY EPISODE 31 (Part 2) Click below to listen in your browser or on SoundCloud. REPLAY EPISODE 30 (Part 1) Click below to listen in your browser or on SoundCloud. Next Episode 32 MamBoki 20th Anniversary Jan 25 (Thu) 2024 5am PT / 8am ET / 1pm UK / 2pm CET / 22:00 Japan Encanto Tropical is a part of World Salsa Radio with DJ Angel Figueroa Broadcasting from Chiba, Japan 2nd & 4th Thursdays Subscribe for email updates about Encanto Tropical Visit World Salsa Radio for more programs

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