Los Van Van Performing in the Land of Salsa and Plena

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Popular Cuban dance music orchestra Los Van Van, led by Juan Formell, is currently performing on stages of the neighboring island of Puerto Rico. On Friday, the “Cuban music explosion,” widely famous inside and outside Cuba, will perform at the Exhibition Center of the Caribe Hilton Hotel, in San Juan. Later, the renewed orchestra led by Formell since its foundation in 1969, is scheduled to perform at the Variety Playhouse June 24.

The land of the coquí, one of the smallest species of frogs in the world, and of contagious rhythms such as the plena and salsa, will witness Cuban music, which combines the sound of a “charanga” orchestra with modern rhythms, which became the “songo.” The creativity of Formell and the group’s other talented musicians during three decades is the formula that brought the group world success and a Grammy Award in 2000 in the category of Latin Music for their album “Llegó Van Van!” (Van Van has Come,). Moreover, it is an encounter with the Puerto Rican audience and musicians who follow and enjoy the work of the popular Cuban orchestra and also other Cuban groups that in the last decade permitted the establishment of a solid cultural bridge between artists from both nations.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.