670. Salsa Giants in Curaçao

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 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 once-in-a-lifetime Salsa experience has 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.

See also:

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

Sources: 

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

Desi Dijkhuizen’s interview with Pablo Croce in Amigoe Express

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sergio-georges-salsa-giants-celebrates-144139054.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/sergio-george-produces-salsa-giants-bringing-genre-legends-article-1.1420427

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

Hi! I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

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