Fania Records announced the highly anticipated second release of Fania Live, titled Fania Live.02 Miami//DJ Le Spam, due to hit music stores across the country on October 2. For this second edition of the Fania Live series, the legendary Latin music label teamed up with the Miami’s very own DJ Le Spam to record a live mix, infusing the record with the rising star's signature Miami flair.
“We are thrilled to bring back the Latin sounds of from the 60s and 70s in a new context,” said Michael Rucker, Director of Marketing at Fania Records. “It is an honor having DJ Le Spam dig into the Fania catalog and mix this set as a tribute and testament to the ongoing legacy of great artists from the Fania label.”
Fania Live.02 Miami//DJ Le Spam contains 16 classic and rare tracks from such legends as Willie Colon, Roberto Roena, Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente. As an added bonus, the mix CD also contains rare outtakes by famed New York Radio disc jockey Symphony Sid.
All Fania Live releases are being exclusively mixed by a few select, renowned DJ’s from different cities around the world, introducing hits from the prolific Fania repertoire to younger generations through live mixes. The successful Fania Live.01 from the Meat Market featuring DJ Rumor was the first in the series to be released by Fania in June 2007. Additionally, the Fania Live concept is being taken to the streets with live concerts in eight markets across the world through a partnership with burgeoning music magazine Wax Poetics. Markets include Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Rome and three New York City locations.
DJ Le Spam, also known as Andrew Yeomanson, began his musical career in 1991. Today, DJ Le Spam is best known for blending improvisational electronic elements and turntables with Latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create a sound that is unique to Miami, as well as for creating the famed Spam Allstars band. “It’s really an honor for me to go into the Fania catalogue of music, and select from these tracks. I could have done five CDs,” said DJ Le Spam. “In the end, I went straight for those songs that found their way into my stuff over the years.”
Fania artists mixed a cornucopia of styles that transcended the boundaries of traditional Latin music and set the path for the genres of salsa, boogaloo, Latin R&B, and afro-Cuban jazz. Throughout its forty-two year history, Fania has been home to some of the greatest musicians in the history of 20th century music. Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Larry Harlow, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades and Celia Cruz are just a few of the musical legends that form part of the proud Fania legacy.