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If you watch (American) football or just live in the New York area, you’ve probably seen the salsa dance that New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz does every time he celebrates scoring a touchdown. Yesterday, the Puerto Rican Cruz, who says his steps are his way of paying homage to his grandmother, who taught him the steps, paid a visit to Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square, where a T-shirt in his honor (which reads “Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz” on the front, after the chant popular at Giants games, while depicting his “Silk City Salsa” moves on the back) is currently the store’s most popular item. The highlight, of course, was a demonstration of his endzone celebration with a group of kids and admiring females. Watch the New York Daily News’ video of the event below and, just in case you’re on the fence about who to support in next month’s Super Bowl game against the Patriots, read this New York Times profile from November on Cruz and Puerto Rican players in the NFL.
Words by Jesse Serwer
Since 2006, foundational salsa label Fania Records has undergone a remarkable resurrection, transforming itself from a long-dead concern whose assets were said to be molding in an upstate New York warehouse to one of the more vibrant archival record labels around. Besides re-issuing long out-of-print material from its own archives as well as that of other Latin labels such as Alegre and Cotique, Fania 2.0 has released stuff like house DJ Joe Claussell’s dot-connecting Africa Caribe mix CD and a compilation curated by John Leguizamo for the actor’s recent Broadway show, Ghetto Klown. The latest evolution of the company started by Jerry Masucci and Johnny Pacheco in 1964 is a mini-clothing line, boasting obligatory stuff like T-shirts and fitted caps but also infant onesies, presumably meant to only be worn specifically on days involving dancing to “Baby Loves Salsa.”
Words by Eddie STATS Houghton
Fania has been doing their thing lately as far as dragging their untouchable credibility for old school salsa into the new millenium with remixes and cool collaborations. The latest example is the Hammock House: Africa Caribe project with house spiritualist Joaquin “Joe” Claussell of Dance Trax fame. “Mambo Mongo” is a perfect example of how impactful the Afro-Caribbean percussion of New York’s latin scene–embodied here by Cuban-born legend Mongo Santamaria–was on the formation of the riddim-driven musical era we currently live in. Listen to “Mambo Mongo” below, download here and get Africa Caribe here.