New interview with Fay Roberts of Orquesta Charangoa

New interview with Fay Roberts of Orquesta Charangoa

I put up an interview with Fay Roberts of Orquesta Charangoa on my Cuban music website.

In this interview I talk with Fay about Cuba, Richard Egües, the Los Angeles Salsa scene, Lady Gaga, and of course her new CD Lo Que Quiero es Charangoa.

Here is an excerpt, but please check out the entire interview at:

Lady Gaga in the House!

Jon: I’m curious, because I’ve listened to it, I’ve played it actually for my wife, the Lady Gaga tune and she was shocked about how it turned out. Why did you pick that? Was that, kind of, a fun think or making a statement?

Fay: I wanted to pick an American pop tune that could translate into a Cha-cha-cha. When I heard that tune I was, “You know what, the tempo’s great”. I liked the energy of the song. I’m not a huge Lady Gaga fan, but, I thought the song would translate well into Cha-cha-cha and I wanted to have something on the CD in English. And a lot of people say that, like, “Oh, the song…” and then it takes a big left turn and it really changes… We had a lot of fun with that.

Jon: I can imagine, it is, kind of, a left turn, but it’s cool because it’s, like you say, you call it a bonus track. But even though it’s on the CD, but, I think it could, you know, everybody thinks of Rock and Cha-cha-cha, they think Carlos Santana or, you know, those old, 60’s bands that played that. But, this is so different, I really think people would get a kick out of listening to it and if they don’t buy the whole CD, at least buy some tracks off of it.

Fay: Yes, I was hoping that that tune would be the one that crosses over or made it to radio. But, the things that I picked and the things that DJs who now have it and are playing it on radio stations, they’ve picked different tunes.

Jon: What did they pick then?

Fay: They are picking, well, everyone’s picking “Preparen Candela”.

Jon: Right, that’s the number 3 tune on the record, right?

Fay: Number 3, and number 5 “Vengo Diferente” and number 7 “No Tiene Rival” I’m getting a lot of hits and downloads for those two tunes.

Jon: Right, well that’s really cool.

Fay: Yes, and some people are like, first thing they say is, “Oh, Oye Como Va. Oh, I’m so excited you have that on there” and other people are like, “Why did you put that on there?” with the, kind of, distaste in their voice.

Jon: Well, you can’t please everybody, but if you’re making somebody mad and somebody happy, you’re probably doing OK.

Fay: Yeah [Laughs], thank you.

Jon: I mean, that’s just the way it is. No matter what you do, somebody’s going to hate it and somebody’s going to love it.

Fay: Well, I put it on the CD because I wanted to give a nice long feature for Pablo Mendez Senior. He’s an amazing Charanga violinist. But also, every time I play that song I sell CDs and if I sell a lot of CDs I can make the next recording…

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