1. ELEMENTS OF LIFE- Eclipse, from Louie Vega's critically acclaimed live orchestral project. This is the first new artist album Fania is releasing in years. The first disc showcases 17 brand new tracks from Elements Of Life that tastefully traverse the sounds of Afrobeat, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Brazilian and World Music all woven with the golden touch of Grammy Award winning Producer/Artist/DJ Louie Vega.
2. PETER RUPRECHT- Born in Buenos Aires in 1976 as a descendent of Argentina’s president Manuel Quintana, Peter had a taste for worldly culture at a young age. An Ivy league graduate from Dartmouth with a degree in Economics,a professional skier ranked in the top 5 of the US bythe age of 18, and a long standing career working at significant companies of stature including Merrill Lynch International Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Blast Radius; Peter’s cultural depth, exotic travels andrich personal and professional character have contributed to his eye for seeking the spirit of the moment.
In 2001 Peter took an extended two-month journey to India where he took some of the first photographs that would later seed his artistic career.
3. ROMEO SANTOS- The kings of bachata reunited to close out the second night of Romeo Santos' sold-out Yankee Stadium concerts on Saturday. Santos, the self-proclaimed king of bachata, surprised nearly 50,000 fans as his former group members of Aventura joined him on stage to perform the hits that made them one of the top Latin groups in the world.
1. GMI USA - was founded in 2005 by Stefano Maroni and has evolved into a diversified global footwear company. GMI secured the footwear licensing agreement with True Religion Brand Jeans, in 2009 added Firetrap footwear, and in 2010 added Ben Sherman, Rocket dog, and Created Equal to its global portfolio. GMI has developed a reputation in the footwear industry for innovation, quality, and a meticulous eye for finishes.
2. CONGRESSMAN CHARLES RANGEL - Born into a troubled family on June 11, 1930, Charles Rangel showed his heroic side during the Korean war, winning several medals for bravery. Back at home, he became a lawyer and civil rights activist before winning a seat in the House of Representatives.
1. SUZEN BARAKA - a multi-talented poet, writer and actor. Suzen has competed nationally, not only in speech forensics, but also in spoken word with the Newark, New Jersey Slam Team in Austin, Texas (2006), affirming her exceptional skill as an artist.
Suzen first began her career as a teenager by partaking in open mics at New York's Nuyorican Poets Café and Maplewood's Serengeti Plains.
Committed to providing art to the disenfranchised, Suzen assisted in the creation and development of the Artist Life League with activist artists, Q-Chi and Mel Jackson, in which she organized an exclusive movie screening at the Rivington Hotel Penthouse. During this time, Suzen worked as an artist in residence for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), teaching poetry and performance to underprivileged children in third through eighth grade. Since January 2007, Suzen has continued her work with the youth, teaching writing classes to high school students from the Newark, East Orange and Jersey City areas for nonprofit organization, NJLEEP.
Suzen also hosted and produced Flow for Change, a monthly spoken word event in the lower east side that boasts performances by Tony Award Winning Black Ice, in addition to HBO poet celebs: Queen GodIs, Mums, Joshua Bennett and Al Be Back among others. Currently, Suzen tours nationally in an Urbintel production entitled Herstory, while attending Cardozo Law School in New York City. Bringing passion, talent and truth to the forefront, Suzen J. Baraka illustrates true artistry and talent as a next generation artist.
2. JOHNNY NUNEZ - is sometimes referred to as a paparazzo, most celebrities are happy to see him and consider him a friend. Johnny is a contributing photographer for WireImage, which is now owned by Getty Images. He has also been called one of WireImage's top five connected photographers. In 2002 Johnny became the personal photographer for the famous Hip-Hop mogul Damon Dash. Dash hired Nunez to travel around the world with him. It was around this time that the famous story of Nunez and Dash fighting off a gang in Paris, France occurred. For over 10 years Johnny has been hired by and shot for many a celebrity. Some of his clients include: Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Magic Johnson, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Clive Davis and Vivica Fox to name a few.
1. SUPA SHINE- The son of a world-renowned healer, a by-product of the hip-hop renaissance, and a survivor of the streets, Supa Nova is a dynamic musical artist, established author, wellness advocate, and community activist dedicated to the well being of young people. With a name that literally means, 'Shining with the brilliance of a hundred million stars,' Supa Nova is galvanizing a new tomorrow for today's generation with his multifaceted work which includes his recently released book: 'The Remedy: The Five-Week Power Plan to Detox the Body, Comba,t Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body', his supplement line Supa Foods, his film 'Wholistic Wellness for the Hip Hop Generation,' and a number of albums. He is the pioneer of the 'Chlorophyllion' green lifestyle, creator of the Hip Hop Meditation Ciphers, founder of Unify the Hood, Heal the Hood, and member of Bill Cosby's group, The Cosnarati. He has worked with people ranging from A-list entertainers to well accredited medical doctors and local street organization leaders. He has received recognition by the Association for the Study of African Civilization, spoken internationally, and appeared on Jay Leno, The Today Show, ABC, BET, and CBS.
MANOLOGY- "Our prayer is that women that are hurting and disillusioned are able to find beauty in self," write singer-turned-actor Tyrese Gibson and his co-author, RUN DMC's Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, in their new memoir-meets-self-help book, Manology. The prayer does indeed seem to set the tone for the 288-page tome that Simmons calls a "man-ual on how not to be man-ipulated." And while Gibson agrees there, explaining in an interview with USA Today that the book aims to "protect [women] from making horrible decisions," he and Simmons don't exactly share the same views on other approaches to accomplishing that goal. Take sex on the first date, for example. "If the energy and vibe and the chemistry is right... live it up," Gibson told USA Today. But his co-author countered. "I believe a woman should definitely keep herself in a position of mystery and mystique... if you want keep the dude," Simmons said.
2. MARY J. BLIGE- was born on January 11, 1971, in the Bronx, New York. When a recording of the 17-year-old Blige singing karaoke booth came to the attention of Uptown Records, the company put her under contract immediately. She sang backup until the 1992 release of her first solo album, What's the 411?, a record that re-defined modern soul. Blige has had several No. 1 Billboard hits and has won nine Grammy Awards.
3. HILL BILLY TEA- Hillbilly Tea is an Appalachian themed “Tea Café” which offers a variety of fresh, organic, whole leaf teas and boasts a full menu of wholesome mountain inspired comfort foods.
1. MASTERS AT WORK AT SEA - On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 set sail with the Masters at Work aboard the exquisite Lady Windridge Yacht in Miami for what is sure to be one of the most exclusive gatherings of the Winter Music Conference. Set aboard a luxury yacht, the ‘Masters at Work at Sea‘ will cruise along spectacular Miami waterways from 5pm – 9pm and feature a complimentary bar and 5-star catering. Enter to win 2 complimentary tickets (details below) to this unforgettable musical experience curated by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, and co-produced by Carmel Ophir (The Vagabond, Creations) against the backdrop of a majestic Miami sunset.
Their name says it all – Masters At Work! For over 20 years “Little Louie” Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez have pioneered a journey through house – defiantly melding elements of hip-hop, disco, jazz and funk to amass an overwhelming body of dynamic and universally celebrated work. In the process, the two native New Yorkers have established themselves as iconoclastic producers, remixers and musical visionaries, purveying a sound and rhythm that has moved dance music enthusiasts across the globe.
2. SUNSET RITUAL MIAMI 2014 - Anané and Louie Vega combined the power of NYC and South Africa’s finest to present Sunset Ritual featuring Uhuru, Luisito Quintero, Josh Milan, Black Motion, Oskido, The Musical Maestro, and Antonello Coghe at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge Watching Louie Vega behind the decks is like witnessing a composer on stage. There were no black and white transitions between artists; instead Louie would bring on multiple artists at once allowing for collaboration and a smooth transition between musical styles. According to Vega, Greg Maloka was the one to thank for all of the talent that evening. Maloka, South Africa’s Kaya FM station manager, introduced not only the Vegas’ music to South Africa but introduced the new generation to Miami by flying all of the artists out for the Winter Music Conference. Louie Vega, along with DJ Black Coffee and many other South African artists, plays a set every week on Kaya FM. Anané Vega was born in the Cape Verde region of South Africa and soon thereafter decided to bring her musical talents to New York City where she met her current husband, Louie Vega. She is the co-founder of NuLu along with Antonello Coghe, a music label that she describes as Afrotech. Anané is now a pioneer in bringing afro sound to the Winter Music Conference in 2014. She began the label four years ago and has since brought artists from South Africa, the Congo, Nigeria, Mozambique and Angola. Halfway through the night she gave an empowering speech where she expressed that she is representing all the ladies in a male dominated industry and that while women do look good they are also mothers, sisters, wives, homemakers, dj's -producers and many more. Before her set she said, “when you have a team of people working for the same thing you get beauty, you get new, you get fresh, you get inspired and we all aspire to inspire all of you.”
3. BENNY BENASSI - The Electric Zoo Festival is an annual electronic music festival held over Labor Day weekend in New York City on Randall's Island. The festival represents all genres of electronic music, bringing top international DJs and live acts from multiple countries along with hometown favorites to four stages. In its 2009 inaugural year, 26,000 people attended to see artists Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, David Guetta and Benny Benassi in 2011, Electric Zoo expanded to a 3-day festival and hosted 85,000 attendees. Electric Zoo received International Dance Music Awards nominations in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 for "Best Music Event."
1. CAPOEIRA- a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players - a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The details of capoeira's origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that african slaves played a crucial role in the development of the artform. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira's dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self defense. Capoeira's many styles come out of the context of two principle branches that were formalized in the first half of the twentieth century following capoeira's legalization.
2. FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR- is the first athlete besides Tiger Woods to earn $100 million in Forbes' annual tally of the highest-paid athletes. His September 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez set records for highest PPV gross ($150 million), live gate ($20 million) and total revenue (roughly $200 million). The Canelo fight marked the second bout in the blockbuster 30-month, six-fight deal he signed with Showtime in 2013. Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32 million for his May fight with Marcos Maidana where the PPV buys are expected to finish between 900,000 and one million when they are all counted, compared to 2.2 million for Mayweather-Alvarez. Mayweather pocketed $105 million for the two bouts thanks to his role as both pugilist and promoter.
3. MIGUEL COTTO - In what may have been the greatest performance of his career, Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto became a four-division champion by overpowering Sergio Martinez to win the Ring Magazine and WBC middleweight championship, stopping Martinez after nine rounds of one-sided action.
Cotto (39-4, 32 KO) put Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO) on the canvas three times in the opening round, and it looked unlikley that Martinez was even going to make it out of the round. He did, but though he got a bit better in the middle rounds, he was never in the fight, and was dropped once more in the ninth round.
After nine rounds, all three judges had it 90-77, the same score that I had on the BLH unofficial card. Cotto was in control all the way, with Sergio's knee and overall health seemingly betraying him from the get-go. As the 10th round started, trainer Pablo Sarmiento stopped the fight, with Martinez protesting a bit, but only because he wanted to continue on and keep fighting.
FANIA- Right from start, Fania Records and its subsidiaries exceeded everybody’s expectations. The label was created in 1964. It penetrated the market so successfully and became so popular at the international level that its executives decided to broaden its talent in order to reach an even wider audience. The result? The wildly successful Fania All Stars, a group that brought together several of the label’s most popular artists. This move would further solidify the label’s standing in the international music scene.
The Fania All Stars’ first concert, “Live at the Red Garter,” was a promotional experiment designed solely to test the waters. The all-star cast included Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Ricardo Ray, and Bobby Cruz, and resulted in a live double album. The experiment couldn’t have been more successful. In 1971, the band revolutionized salsa as a genre with “Fania All Stars at the Cheetah,” a concert that was filmed and recorded live. In 1973, following a successful tour, the band made its first appearance at Yankee Stadium in New York. The stars performed before countless fans that had caught the fever and were swooning in the presence of consecrated performers of the genre such as Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Ray Barreto, and Mongo Santamaría.This concert, too, was filmed and recorded live, and set the standard in the music industry.
The All Stars were on fertile soil, and they wasted no time in reaping the benefits. In 1974, they appeared live at the Statu Hai stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, which was the scene of the movie “Fania All Stars Live in Africa.” In 1975, the band returned to Yankee Stadium, this time with such famous names as Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Mirando, Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez, Bobby Cruz, and Santos Colón. One after the other, the band continued performing in concerts that were just as successful and multitudinous: “Salsa,” “Live,” “Best Of,” "Live in Japan" (1976), and "Tribute to Tito Rodríguez,” which marked Rubén Blades’ first performance with the All Stars.
To properly celebrate the Fania All Stars’ 20th birthday and Fania Records’ 30th, the label has re-released two concerts: “Live in Africa” and “Live in Japan,” which propelled a successful tour across five continents and showed the identity of a created family that has spread its social, musical, and cultural message throughout the world.