This glorious little chunk of Latin funk was originally released in 1970 by the salsa pioneering duo, Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe. The pair formed in New York in 1967, bringing together the musical forces of Colón’s trombone playing with Lavoe’s percussion and their union was to be one of the most important in salsa because they helped establish the popularity of this genre in the 60’s and 70’s!
Incorporating Latin music and New York Salsa, Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe were the first of their kind to introduce this sound to the world!
In 2003 Brooklyn-based afrobeat collective, Antibalas released Colón’s and Lavoe’s 1970 classic, Che Che Colé via Daptone Records. Long of out print and highly sought after, this version is to be re-released by Daptone in September and if you are quick enough, I’ve just read that there will be limited copies of coloured vinyl available too!
Antibalas’ version of Che Che Colé is superb! They have captured the vibrancy and energy of the original and made it even bigger and bolder, adding more percussive layers and vocal harmonies. Check it out above and also listen to the original below.