Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Immigrant of the Day: Johnny Pacheco, "Godfather of Salsa" (Dominican Republic)



CNN reports that Johnny Pacheco  the "Godfather of Salsa," has died at 85.  .

"The Dominican-born multi-instrumentalist experimented with different Latin American musical styles, though he was particularly enamored with Afro-Cuban genres like charanga and pachanga. He was a bandleader, producer and record label head with an eye for talent, and his famed Fania Records would make stars out of Celia Cruz and other salsa legends."
Born in the Dominican Republic, Pacheco moved to the United States at age 11 and passed away in New Jersey.

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