There’s a lot going on in New York in relation to the musical world, specifically the world of salsa. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has impacted particularly on our city, but fortunately, we are gradually returning to the normality that we desire so much.
A few weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of bars and restaurants at 35% of capacity to avoid contagions as much as possible. Then, another 35% would be announced depending on how things progress in the localities. Similarly, there have been plenty of owners of all kinds of music venues, restaurants and bars that declared themself ready to serve 35% of their usual clientele without risk to any of those involved.
It was also known that theaters will begin opening their doors from 5 March and musical groups can already begin to make their performances the length and breadth of the city, but the lifting of restrictions will continue depending on the evolution of the pandemic in each locality.
In addition to the reopening of stablishments, we cannot fail to mention certain events that have occurred in New York City in the previous days.
Donation of Cocco Peña’s tuxedo to the Spanish Harlem Salsa Gallery Museum
Cocco Peña donates his iconic tuxedo to the Spanish Harlem Salsa Gallery Museum. For all of you who don’t know him, Peña is a well-regarded figure in the music world and has worked as a musical director, producer, composer and arranger. This important musician has worked with artists such as Olga Tañon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Chayanne, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, among others. Despite the differences in style between all the artists, Peña always knows what they need to achieve stunning results.
His work has earned him a colossal acknowlodgement at national and international level and has made him a very important figure to the music industry inside and outside New York. That is why the donation of such an iconic garment has made those charged with the museum very happy, which is now ready to resume its activities little by little. They are only waiting for government instructions to do so. The establishment will reopen for free and is waiting for its visitors.
The newest release from Johnny Rivero
In other news, the famous percussionist Johnny Rivero and his group El Cartel de Nueva York released their third album entitled Golpe Duro, in which they are accompanied by vocalist Anthony Colmenares.
The first song of the album entitled Quien te ha dicho, which was released in digital format on October 9 last year, benefits from the talent of violinists Raúl Roa and Laura Pérez. Likewise, the song includes a conga solo featuring Johnny himself, which provides a very interesting contrast of rhythms and sounds.
The music video for this same song was released in November and here you can see the musicians involved playing this incredible song thanks to the technology that has made it possible to create a lot of projects without the artists having to share the same physical space.
And just as we talk about themusicians who are doing their best to get ahear despite the current health crisis, we cannot fail to remember those who are no longer with us. Of course, we are talking about the great Johnny Pacheco, who left us on February 15 this year.
Remembering the Great Maestro
In The Johnny Cruz Show, we remember the life and work of one of the most transcendental figures of the salsa world, Johnny Pacheco, who passed away two weeks ago.
During the program, we remembered the most important achievements of the acclaimed musician and details about his private and professional life. Undoubtedly, this glory of Latin music leaves an awful hole both in the music industry and in the hearts of his fans.