Michael Jackson + Salsa = Unity Tribute
In case you were forgetting, Hispanic Heritage Month is only half way through and celebrations are still on their way. PBS decided to throw a party with inspiration from the king of pop and some Latin twists.
UNITY – The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson is the “passion project” of Peruvian-born, Miami-raised producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar. The concert special features 10 of Jackson’s greatest hits interpreted by award-winning Latin artists with a 37-piece orchestra.
A bandleader, percussionist, producer, composer and arranger, Succar has played with musical artist such as Arturo Sandoval, Néstor Torres, Tito Nieves and La India.
“The Unity Project began as an homage to Michael, and to underscore the key messages I always associated with his music: unity and love. These themes drive the album and the concert, and the resulting music has been remarkable,” Succa said. “Every song is true to the essence of the original, but I predict viewers will be inspired to find new moves in their living rooms as salsa and other Latin beats drive their favorite songs.”
PBS premieres the concert on Oct. 9 hosted by the legendary percussionist Sheila E.
“UNITY” is part of the fifth PBS Arts Fall Festival, an eight-week series hosted this fall by Grammy Award-winning international music superstar Gloria Estefan.