At this year’s Grammys, legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and for good reason. Many of you might remember Celia being sampled in Wyclef Jean‘s “Guantanamera,” but to the Latin audience, she’s quite literally “the queen of Latin Music,” scoring an astonishing 23 gold albums during her career.
Just in time for this crowning achievement, Fania Records (an iconic imprint that pioneered the salsa and Latin funk sounds in the 1960s and ’70s, with a roster that included Cruz alongside Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, and many more) continues their journey of bringing the classic sounds to a new generation via Calentura presents Global Basement, a collaboration between Fania and the Calentura crew. The first look is a rework of Cruz’s “Virgencita” by emerging electronic producer Happy Colors, who himself was recently signed to Sony Latino. [Read More]