Que Viva La Musica
Saturdays 12:00PM to 4:00PM Eastern Time
Vicki Solá first arrived at WFDU-FM in August, 1981. In the beginning, she hosted a weekly Jazz program, and served as Jazz Music Director for several years. After slipping more and more Salsa and Latin Jazz into these shows, she created her present program, Que Viva La Música, with station management's blessing, in February 1983. Vicki and her long running program provide the New York-metro community with authentic Salsa and Latin Jazz, produced by a singular mix of famous performers, plus artists rarely heard on commercial stations.
Her mission is to perpetuate the music of the greats--Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Ray Barretto, and so many others--and also provide a venue for the countless talented, underrated veterans and new artists alike who are struggling to present their product to the public.
Outside of the station, Vicki has been featured on American Latino TV, served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and has written articles for internationally circulated trade periodicals, including Latin London Magazine, Descarga Catalog, and Latin Beat Magazine, for which she writes the column, "A Bite From the Apple." Vicki recently published a SciFi/Fantasy novel, The Getaway That Got Away (Full Court Press), and is planning a sequel. A member of several animal welfare organizations, she remains committed to fighting cruelty. She lives in Bergen County, New Jersey with her son Frank and rescued Shepherd-hound, Cookie.
Vicki can be found on Facebook and Twitter. (Please see below)
Andres Padua founded HardSalsa.com, a 24-hour Internet radio website, in July 2005. Originally known as The Latin Soul Show Radio, the station’s format is predominantly New York-style Afro-Cuban salsa. Hard Salsa Radio is one of the few stations on the Internet specializing in salsa, including rare classics and new bands, worldwide.
HardSalsa.com brings you back down that memory lane that was New York City during the Latin Americana era of the 70s, from the popular radio DJs and their shows, including The Symphony Sid Show, hosted by Sid Torin, and the Joe Gaines, Dick "Ricardo" Sugar and Paco Navarro shows. The station takes you back in time with the great Latin artists—The Joe Cuba Sextet, Joe Bataan, Ralphy Pagan, The Fania All Stars and other legends of salsa, boogaloo and Latin soul. In addition, HardSalsa.com plays rare artists who did not receive much airplay, such as Johnny Sedes, Orquesta Mega Uno and Orquesta Rodax, Orquesta Zodiac.
The station also specializes in new salsa from bands worldwide, including China, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Israel, Peru, Colombia and over thirty other countries. HardSalsa.com features over 700 salsa bands with over 500,000 songs in a continually increasing rotation. The website achieved over 100,000 listeners worldwide in 2010.
Andres Padua AKA “Mr. Hard Salsa,” a contributor to Que Viva La Música since 2012 ,and a regular on the show since May 2013, has come onboard officially as co-host with Vicki Solá. The two remain deeply committed to preserving and perpetuating the best of authentic Salsa, old and new. Because of their on-air chemisty and shared taste in music—and humor—Padua and Solá have become known as “The Bonnie & Clyde of Salsa.”
Info about Andres Padua: http://www.hardsalsa.com/vickisolaaboutandres.html
September 13, 2013, Vick Solá was given a “Night of Recognition,” for her thirty years on air with Que Viva La Música, at Side Street in the Bronx. Assemblyman José Rivera presented her with a Proclamation from The City of New York, signed by Joel Rivera, Majority Leader, 15th District, The Bronx. Assemblyman Rivera also presented her with an Orgullo Puertorriqueňo (Puerto Rican Pride) award, complete with New York State seal. Artie Ramos, on behalf of Side Street, a popular Latin music club for decades, presented Solá with a plaque recognizing her three decades of dedication and contribution to salsa music, and musician/DJ “Rey Boricua” Renan Morales gave her a framed photo of herself surrounded by members of the Boricua Legends, who performed, along with the Bronx All Stars, under the direction of Frankie Morales. Many guest artists also jammed.
PROCLAMATION PHOTO: pictured from left to right: Gilberto “Pulpo” Colón, Jr., Orlando Marin, Eddie Montalvo, Vicki Solá, Assemblyman José Rivera and Renan Morales (photo credit: Elsie Barreto)
SIDE STREET AWARD PHOTO: pictured from left to right: Louis Laffitte, Vicki Solá, Frankie Morales, Artie Ramos, Esther Diaz and Anna Arraya-Colón (photo credit: Elsie Barreto)
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