Albert Torres Productions Inc to Celebrate Alma Del Barrio’s 30th Anniversary on...

Albert Torres Productions Inc to Celebrate Alma Del Barrio’s 30th Anniversary on the Historic Queen Mary; L.A. Pays Tribute to Alma del Barrio’s 30 Years of Sound Radio



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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–March 16, 2004–Sunday March 21st, the show will host a dance party to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Produced by longtime friend and supporter Albert Torres and his company Albert Torres Productions Inc, this fabulous celebration will take place at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Featuring Manny Oquendo y Libre, Los Soneros del Barrio and L.A.’s favorite dance band, Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. The festivities will take place on the legendary Queen Mary beginning at 2:00 pm till Midnight with some of the finest live music and dancing in Latin Entertainment. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

30 years ago, two young, smart, and savvy students Enrique “Kiki” Soto and Raul Villa, took their idea to the managers at the college’s radio station KXLU at L.A.’s Loyola Marymount University. Both shared a passion for Latin music and came up with the idea of producing a radio show that played salsa, Latin jazz and Latin soul. It would be bilingual, and there would be an emphasis on public service and education. Phone lines would be open for listeners’ requests, the music would be hip, and the show would be fun to listen to. In 1973 they started out with a one-hour slot, and named the show Alma del Barrio, to highlight the show’s roots in the Latino communities of LA. Through Kiki and Raul’s vision, creativity and hard work, the show flourished until it snowballed into 12 hours on Saturdays and another 12 hours on Sundays and has now become an institute for Latin music lovers.

Alma del Barrio’s special format educates the listeners about the music the show plays — its roots and its artists — that was part of Raul and Kiki’s vision for the show, and remains an integral element of programming to this day. From ongoing readings of key segments of John Storm Roberts’ The Latin Tinge, to call-in shows concerning immigration, specials on Benny More, golden oldies (“El Cofre del Recuerdo” with Julio Vigoreaux), and in-depth interviews with legends like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzales, Jerry Gonzales, Ray Barretto, Chucho Valdes, Los Papines, Cachao, Roberto Roena, Los Munequitos de Matanzas and many others, keep listeners informed.

“Alma de Barrio has been one of the most influential radio shows for Latin music and the community in Los Angeles. It is an honor to be a part of their 30 year anniversary,” said Albert Torres, President of Albert Torres Productions, Inc.

Tickets are $15.00, and children under 10 years of age are free. For further information and tickets call 310-445-9705 or visit http://www.alberttorresevents.com.

–30–RJ/la*

CONTACT:

Albert Torres Productions

Cynthia Semon, 818-788-4468

Fax: 818-788-4168

Albert Torres Productions Inc to Celebrate Alma Del Barrio’s 30th Anniversary on the Historic Queen Mary; L.A. Pays Tribute to Alma del Barrio’s 30 Years of Sound Radio