DJ Abel | Alegria: Universo
Silver Label / Tommy Boy | February 5, 2008
“My success boils down to two words,” explains DJ Abel, “Cha - cha. You gotta give them the cha-cha. The Latin blood that runs through my veins is in my music too, and that's what keeps the bodies grooving. Nothing gets the ass shaking more than Latin beats–and no one does the cha-cha better than me.” So he says and so again he delivers on “Alegria: Universo” the latest in the “Alegria” series of mixed CDs based on the long-running party of the same name. Delivered in a double-CD dose (“The Peak Hour Session” + “The After Sunrise Session”), DJ Abel has distilled the essence, energy and flavor that is the traditionally 17+ hour party, into two tight 70+ minute mixes.
While DJ Abel’s tropical triba-latino beats are undeniably hot, it’s Alegria originator, producer and Rio de Janeiro native Ric Sena’s extravagantly theatrical sets (designed, constructed and shipped up from Brazil for each party), costumed go-go gods and smiling(!) staff that ignite the explosive, exhilirating and fiercely festive Carnaval atmosphere that has become the Alegria signature.
If you’ve never been to an Alegria party, within beats “Alegria: Universo” will have your cha-cha ass booking tickets alegriaevents.com to the party that has been–for the past eight years–a holiday weekend tradition in NYC (see schedule below). •
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