Fania Records Releases First Remix CD

Fania Records announces the release of its first remix collection "I Like It Like That" pairing up the hottest dance scene remixers with legendary tracks by Fania artists like Pete Rodriguez, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon and Ruben Blades. The album, due to hit music stores and online retailers across the country in May 2008, marks the first time the label has remixed its classic tracks, joining forces with today's dance masters to take the Fania flavor up a notch.

Star tracks include Aaron Jerome's remix of Pete Rodriguez's I Like It Like That, Louie Vegas' EOL Remix of his uncle, Hector Lavoe's, Mi Gente, Bugz in the Attic's Plastico, originally by Willie Colon and Ruben Blades, and Joe Claussell's Alejate, originally by Hector Lavoe.

"When it came down to remixing Fania tracks, we knew we'd have to hold out until we had a star line-up of contemporary artists, " said Dean Rudland, A&R Consultant for Emusica and album co-producer. "With "I Like It Like That, " we feel that we've really done each track justice by having today's music stars inject their own music sensibility, creating new classics for the Fania label."

"As an artist, it was a tall order to work with tracks that mean so much to Fania fans worldwide, " added Louie Vega. "I hope that we've been able to enhance the Fania catalog with our individual takes on each of these tunes."

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 Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz are just a few of the musical legends that form part of the proud Fania legacy.

In 2005, Emusica acquired the legendary Fania catalog and quickly began re-mastering and reissuing many of its original albums. The catalog includes more than 1, 300 albums with 11, 000 recordings, making it one of the largest in Tropical Music. It features such well-known artist as Johnny Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Larry Harlow and the famed Fania All Stars. The more than 100 albums in stores today are distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution in the United States. In addition to Fania, Emusica also owns the Kubaney, Protel, SoundMex and Revolu labels.

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