Un Día Bonito: Salsa and NYC pt.2
Play • 1 hr 5 min

As we finally come to the end of our series on Afro-Psychedlia, Tim and Jeremy bring us back to New York, David Mancuso and the dancefloor of The Loft via Puerto Rico, Salsa and the Latin influence on the city in the early '70s. We hear about the mighty Fania Records - a classic example of the sort of small labels who found a commercial audience while still releasing amazing music - and the band they fostered, the Fania All-Stars. We also spend time exploring the catalog of Ray Barretto, who's track Acid featured at the very beginning of the LITM project.

Jeremy and Tim also interrogate the idea of New York as a 'melting pot', consider the construction of the Nu Yorican identity, and contrast it to the other cultural and musical formations of the late '60s we've heard about in this series. We're also introduced to Boogaloo, 'the Watusi', and close with Eddie Palmieri's fantastic, epic track 'Un Día Bonito' - a worthy place to end for now.

We'll be taking a bit of a summer break and back with a new series in the Autumn - but keep an eye on the feed, we'll be throwing out some extra bits for patrons to tide you over.

Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.  

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Estrellas de Chocolate - Fania
Pacheco - Cañonazo
Fania All Stars - Guatacando (Live at the Red Garter)
Joe Cuba - Bang Bang
Ray Barretto Y Su Charanga Moderna – El Watusi
Ray Barretto - Despójate
Ray Barretto - Acid
Ray Barretto - Tin Tin Deo
Bobbi Humphreys - Harlem River Drive
Ocho - Oriza
Eddie Palmieri - Un Día Bonito

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