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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Shine'
Artist - Various

Salsa was born on the streets of Spanish Harlem before transcending to a global audience and the Fania label was the catalyst.

In the brand new movie, 'Shine,' two Puerto Rican brothers from New York's Spanish Harlem and the street's best Salsa dancers, are separated after a tragedy only to reunite years later on opposing sides of gentrification.

The soundtrack to Shine mines the tremendous Fania catalog, featuring songs from Willie Colon, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and the Fania All-Stars.

1. 'Descarga Fania' (Performed by Fania All Stars) (9:11)
2. 'Ariñañara' (Performed by Joe Cuba Sextette) (2:59)
3. 'El Malo' (Performed by Willie Colon) (3:59)
4. 'Coquero' (Performed by New Swing Sextet) (3:14)
5. 'El Raton' (Performed by Cheo Feliciano) (3:47)
6. 'Acid' (Performed by Ray Barretto) (5:06)
7. 'Salsa Y Sabor' (Performed by Tito Puente) (3:00)
8. 'Oyelo Que Te Conviene' (Performed by Eddie Palmieri) (3:34)
9. 'What Good Is A Castle' (Performed by Joe Bataan) (6:58)
10. 'Indestructible' (Performed by Ray Barretto) (4:12)
11. 'No Dejes De Soñar' (Performed by Angel López and Maryleida Hernandez) (3:34)
12. 'Alza Tu Bandera' (Performed by Keblin X) (4:01)

The free flowing Latin hipsway comes at us immediately, and full on within the near-10 minute joyride 'Descarga Fania' (Fania All Stars), and is backed seamlessly by both 'Ariñañara' (Joe Cuba Sextette) and 'El Malo' (Willie Colon).

The heat is lowered to a simmer on both 'Coquero' (New Swing Sextet) and the gentle ballad 'El Raton' (Cheo Feliciano), before being turned back up again on the powerful beauty of 'Acid' (Ray Barretto). One of my own personal favorites is the vibrantly colorful 'Salsa Y Sabor' (Tito Puente) and that's followed by the smooth vibe of 'Oyelo Que Te Conviene' (Eddie Palmieri).

The mid-tempo balladeer sway of 'What Good Is A Castle' (Joe Bataan) is another true highlight here and then comes the vibrancy of 'Indestructible' (Ray Barretto). This terrific album then rounds out with the soften sung 'No Dejes De Soñar' (from Angel López and Maryleida Hernandez), and then the fun dancefloor pop sway of 'Alza Tu Bandera' (Keblin X).

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