Signed to a record labels in the 1970s, Jorge Spiteri is considered by many to be the pioneer of Latin music in the UK.
In Latin America, he is known as the godfather of Latin Funk, influencing a generation of bands, such as Los Amigos Invisibles.
As he prepares his return to KOKO, the very venue where he broke his unique sound 35 years ago, to receive The LUKAS Fellowship Award, Latinolife caught up with the original Venezuelan funkster.
“It was 30 years ago today, that we were playing our very own brand of Latin Funkifield salsa music, in the same places where the whole British Rock scene started, to us it was a dream come true, playing at the Marquee Club, the Speakeasy, the Ronnie Scott’s, Dingwalls, and touring together with Bob Marley and the Wailers, to open the club Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain, playing the Zoom Club in Hamburg. There was no stop to what we were accomplishment and how far we could go. “
We started doing lots of recording studios session work for people who became big stars like Chris De Burg, Bill Lovelady (of reggae for it now fame), Bob Marley, The Sex Pistols, Tyrone Downie and Chris Wood of Traffic; and a lot more artist from Africa, Europe and the USA. The 70’s where really magical times and we cut our teeth playing the London nights and going up and down the M1-British Rocks (Highway 61).