Salsa icon Hector Lavoe’s legend reaches throughout the latino world, way beyond his native Puerto Rico and the Bronx, where he made a name for himself as New York’s Fania All Stars leading figure in the 60s-70s.
But too often the dramatic aspects of his tormented life overshadowed the musical achievements that this exceptionally gifted vocalist, inspired improviser and cultural icon brought to salsa music and latino culture : a sense of apolitical self awareness, the poetics of daily life in the Hispanic ghetto.
This 2006 documentary – the first ever to investigate Hector Lavoe’s legend – gives Willie Colon, Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera, Cheo Feliciano, Gilberto “El Pulpo” Colon, Antibalas’ Martin Perna, french colombian mc Roca, plus a number of other musical figures, the occasion to take a deep dive into the social, personal and most of all musical aspects of Hector Lavoe’s immense contribution to mankind’s greatest treasure : music.
Directed by Etienne Sevet & Benoit de Vilmorin
★ “La Voz” Available to view on demand ➧ Vimeo