Havana, Cuba (PL) – Cuban musician Juan Formell, director of the Los Van Van band, is working on an album in which his children, Samuel and Vanessa, will participate. The album features his own pieces as well material by composers such as Rubén Blades, from Panama.
Under the title of Arrasando, the CD is being mixed at the Studio 18 of Cuba’s Musical Recording and Edition Company and it tastes like an anticipated party with which Los Van Van will enjoy beforehand their fortieth anniversary that is to come in 2009.
The album has the extra advantage that it incorporates top new musicians such as guitar player Elmer Ferrer and trumpet player Alexander Vargas, two giants of jazz with Latin and Afro-Cuban roots.
It includes 13 songs, among them La rumba no está completa and Yo a lo tuyo y tu a lo mío, by Formell himself and Que no te de por eso by Roberto Carlos (Cucurucho), a high quality piano player who boosts the rhythmic and expressive power of Los Van Van.
The band has remained for forty years as an indisputable winner in Cuban taste. Its identity reflects a style set in a musical heritage with a rich tradition, well assimilated and renewed.
Translation: Karen López (Cubarte)