Father of salsa music Johnny Pacheco dies age 85

Santo Domingo (AFP) – Johnny Pacheco, the Dominican-born musician considered one of the fathers of salsa, died Monday at the age of 85 in New Jersey, his family said. A musician, composer and producer, Pacheco founded the Fania Records label, as well as the historic Fania All Stars band, which included salsa icons Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon. “With great pain in my soul and an emptiness in my heart I inform you that maestro Johnny Pacheco passed away this afternoon with great peace,” his wife, Cuqui Pacheco, said in a statement published on the musician’s official Facebook page. …

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