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Fania Records

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Fania Records
Fania Records logo
Parent companyConcord
Distributor(s)Universal Music Group
LocationNew York City, Miami, Florida
Official websitewww.fania.com

Fania Records is a New York–based record label founded by Dominican-born composer and bandleader Johnny Pacheco and his American lawyer Jerry Masucci in 1964. The label took its name from a popular luncheonette frequented by musicians in Havana, Cuba that Masucci frequented when he worked for a public relations firm there during the pre-Castro era. Fania is known for its promotion of salsa music.[1]


Frustrated by the meager amount of money he was receiving for his recordings, Johnny Pacheco started Fania in 1964 and sold records to music stores out of the trunk of his car.[2] To help finance the business, he consolidated with his Brooklyn-born Italian lawyer and promoter Jerry Masucci, and in 1964 founded the Fania label to produce, promote and market the music of Latinos in New York.[2] The label started out as a small venture, but gained popularity after the success of Johnny Pacheco's first official record, Cañonazo (Fania 321), leading to the expansion of its talent base that Pacheco envisioned.[3] Among Fania's signature stars are Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, Hector Casanova, Rey Reyes, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Eric Gale, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Ralfi Pagan, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bobby Valentín, Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda and many others.[4]

In 1968, Pacheco created a supergroup known as the Fania All-Stars that brought together the elite of his salsa musicians and singers for joint performances and recording.[5] They made their debut at the Red Garter club located in New York's Greenwich Village, but it was their 1971 performance at the Cheetah, a club in Midtown Manhattan, which became legendary.[2] Pacheco was music director and guided the band on stage. The Fania All-Stars were filmed for the documentary Our Latin Thing released a year later.[6]

In 1973, Fania All-Stars performed at Yankee Stadium to a stadium with 45,000 attendees. Pacheco directed the band to an excited crowd who cheered on each Fania All-Star member.[2]

As of 2007 all that is left is "Larry Harlow and the Latin Legends of Fania". In 2003, the 1975 Fania release Live at Yankee Stadium was included in the second set of 50 recordings preserved in the United States National Recording Registry.[7] Masucci, who had bought out Pacheco's share of the company around 1967, became the sole owner of Fania Records and the numerous other labels and umbrella labels in South America that he acquired and created.[8] Masucci died in 1997, and for the next eight years Fania and all of its assets were tied up in probate court while various parties battled over its ownership.[8]

In September 2005, Fania's assets were sold to V2 Records and Miami-based label Emusica, and by early 2006, the new owners began to reissue material from Fania's backlog catalog (some of which has never appeared on CD before) with enhanced sound and liner notes.[9] In an effort to create additional content, Código Records, a subsidiary of the Emusica label, allowed DJs and producers to remix original material.[10]

As of July 27, 2018, Fania is owned by Concord, which acquired the label from Codigo Entertainment. Fania's catalogue included 19,000 master recordings and 8,000 compositions.[11]

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  1. ^ Waring, Charles (2019-09-26). "Fania Records: How A New York Label Took Salsa To The World". uDiscover Music. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "Fania All-Stars and Johnny Pacheco | The Legends | Latin Music USA". Fania All-Stars and Johnny Pacheco | The Legends | Latin Music USA. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  3. ^ "Fania.com". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  4. ^ "Fania | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  5. ^ "Fania All Stars". Concord. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  6. ^ "Info Page - Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)". www.strut-records.com. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  7. ^ "The National Recording Registry 2003". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  8. ^ a b Peisner, David (2014-06-05). "Digital Salsa: The Surprising Rebirth Of Legendary Latin-Music Label Fania Records". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  9. ^ "Emusica Acquires Fania Assets". Billboard. 18 August 2005.
  10. ^ Contreras, Felix (2018-08-03). "Fania Records' Legacy Lives On With New Owners: 'It's The Culture'". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  11. ^ "Concord acquires independent Latin music company Fania". Music Business Worldwide. July 27, 2018.

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