670. Salsa Giants at Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival 2012: Para Celebrar!

Last summer, over 12,000 music lovers gathered at the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival 2012 for a once-in-a-lifetime treat: Sergio George united the world’s greatest salsa legends (“All Star Salsa Friends”/ Salsa Giants) on one stage: Marc Anthony, Oscar D’Leon, Cheo Feliciano, Luis Enrique, Andy Montanyez, Willy Chirino, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Tito Nieves, Nora from the “Orquesta de la Luz” and Charlie Zaa. Their collective hits included “Fabricando Fantasias”, “De Mi Enamorate”, “Disculpeme Senyora”, “Lo Que Esta Pa’ Ti”, “Rebelion”, “Yo No Se Manyana”, “Un Verano En Nueva York”, “Lloraras” and “Tu Amor Me Hace Bien”. The Salsa Giants also collaborated on an original song “Para Celebrar”: https://soundcloud.com/susanblondinc/para-celebrar/s-h1E45. The experience was immortalized by the “Salsa Giants” CD/DVD and the album has topped the Tropical sales chart and the Latin sales chart for each consecutive week since its release on June 25, 2013 [see iTunes or Amazon] “It felt like a graduation celebration… I said to myself, ‘Wow, I’m here with the best,” said Marc Anthony. And De Leon added: “I have to applaud and support this action taken by Sergio George.”

Sergio George and daughter Viveli with 'Producer of the Year' Grammy  in 2008. Source: www.nydailynews.com.

Sergio George and daughter Viveli with ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy in 2008. Source: http://www.nydailynews.com.

“This is a very proud moment for me on many levels,” said Sergio George, the CEO of Top Stop Music and mastermind behind the Salsa Giants. “To see the Salsa Giants album continue to succeed is a great achievement and to have so many projects in the top ten is very humbling. I want to thank the fans for all of their support!” Sergio George has won eleven Grammy Awards over the course of his illustrious career and is widely considered a leading producer in the Latin music genre, with over 200 million album credits as either a producer, pianist or composer. The once-in-a-lifetime Salsa experience has also been immortalized in a documentary film produced by Sergio George, Gregory Elias (founder of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival and the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam) and award-winning filmmaker Pablo Croce.

(L-R): Percy Pinedo, Pablo Croce, Gregory Elias, Sergio George and Jorge Lozada. Photo by Farley Lourens.

At the CIFFR premiere. (L-R): Percy Pinedo, Pablo Croce, Gregory Elias, Sergio George and Jorge Lozada. Photo by Farley Lourens.

The documentary premiered at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam in April 2013 and will continue to play at festivals throughout the year. “The production of this documentary was an idea of Gregory Elias to preserve salsa music,” says Croce. “I have been working with Elias for 10 years now and all I can say is that I support him all the way. Even though he’s not Latino, he wants to preserve our Latin music, our salsa. This is definitely something to admire (…) The [Salsa Giants] had no idea that this documentary was being filmed. And for us it was also a surprise, because we didn’t know what to expect!” says Croce.

“Salsa Giants” CD/DVD/Documentary is deliberate about spotlighting Salsa by recording icons, idols and fans in Curaçao (“the New York City of the Caribbean”) The documentary traces the birth and history of Salsa through historical footage of concerts and recordings, all the way back to Fania All-Stars where it all began. Iconic Salsa singer Cheo Feliciano, an original member of Fania All-Stars, Andy Montañez “El Godfather de la Salsa” and the unique Oscar D’ León reminisce about the birth of Salsa music and dance in New York. The younger generation chip in with their impressions of the first collaboration between Sergio George and Tito Nieves, and Sergio George and Marc Anthony. The interviews and first hand background information provide invaluable insights into Salsa history by the masters. “Salsa music has always been there, but many people believe that the bachata is taking over. The bachata is very present, but the salsa is still here and will never disappear” says Croce.

See also:

800. (Many, many) Awesome Things About Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival!


Willem Da Costa Gomez’s review of “Salsa Giants”

Desi Dijkhuizen’s interview with Pablo Croce in Amigoe Express



About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in and love Manhattan, but sometimes miss my first Awesome island...

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