Johnny Pacheco, Justo Betancourt – Los Dinámicos
In 1968, Johnny Pacheco gathered many of the musicians from his Fania label and showcased them together in concert. This marked the birth of the legendary Fania All-Stars. In 1971, this orchestra consisting of Fania’s elite exploded all over the Salsa scene starting an incredible musical era for Latin music that has continued for over 30 years under the masterful direction of Mr. Pacheco. One of the main attractions was vocalist, Justo Betancourt (b. December 6, 1940). Justo is a Cuban singer famous for his interpretation of Pa’ bravo yo. He was born in Matanzas, but has lived a significant amount of time in the United States and Puerto Rico. His music shows Cuban influence but developed in the direction of Puerto Rican Salsa. Betancourt led a group called Borincuba (Conjunto Borincuba), a combination of the names Cuba and Borinquen, a name for Puerto Rico of Taíno origin. In addition to recording a number of solo albums, he has played with the Fania All Stars and Sonora Matancera, as well as performing with musicians and singers such as Celia Cruz, Mongo Santamaría, Eddie Palmieri, Orlando Marin and Ray Barretto.