International world music expo WOMEX announced today that Cuban band Los Van Van is the winner of the 2013 Artist Award.
Los Van Van was formed in 1969 by bassist and composer Juan Formell. It has endured as Cuba’s most important and popular dance orchestra for over four decades.
Formell’s imaginative approach to instrumentation brought new sounds and ideas into Cuban dance music, blending charanga-style violins and flute with a trombone section, adding drums and introducing electric guitar, bass and keyboards.
Los Van Van is known for fusing genres such as contemporary rock and jazz with Afro-Cuban roots. Formell and timbales-player Changuito created a new rhythm they named ‘songo’, which gave birth to a whole genre.
The celebrated Cuban band will perform in Cardiff (Wales) on Sunday morning, 27 October 2013, during the WOMEX Award Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open to WOMEX delegates only.
The next edition of WOMEX, the most important international professional conference and trade show for world music, will take place in Cardiff, Wales (UK), from Wednesday, October 23, to Sunday, October 27, 2013. In 2014 WOMEX will be moving to historical Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (Spain).