Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an administration deal with EMusica, the owners of the legendary Fania Records and Kubaney, both veritable treasure chests of tropical Latin music.

Fania, in particular, is widely regarded as a seminal catalog of tropical Latin music, with more than 3,000 compositions that include key works by Willie Colon ("La Murga de Panama"), Johnny Ortiz ("Catalina La O"), Tite Curet Alonso ("Anacona," "Juanito Alimana") and Junior Cepeda ("Quimbara"), among many others. The Kubaney catalog also includes more than 3,000 works by Hugo Blanco, Cuco Valoy, Luis Diaz and Johnny Ventura, among many others.

The deal covers the recent reissues of the Fania catalog, which gained new attention this year when it was purchased by EMusica. The timelessness of many of the songs is exemplified by recent samplings, including "Carnaval" (in "Hips Don't Like"), "Juanito Alimana" (in Julio Voltio's "Julito Marana") and "La Murga de Panama" (sampled by Pitbull and Chelo, among others.)

Eddie Fernandez, senior VP Latin America at Universal Music Publishing, and Stuart Livingston, head of EMusica, signed the deal.

Universal has also signed an exclusive co-publishing agreement with reggaeton producer Nesty, who most recently worked on 11 tracks in "Los Vaqueros," the first album on Wisin and Yandel's label, WY.

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