Los Van Van Features Diego El Cigala on its Latest Album

Juan Formell y Los Van Van - Chapeando
Juan Formell y Los Van Van – Chapeando
(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – The latest album by the Cuban quintessential popular music orchestra Los Van Van, to hit the stores soon, will bring along novelties: it features a song in the voice of Spanish flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. Written by the Spanish artist, the song is titled “Cuba Linda” and it fuses flamenco elements with the characteristic timbre of the most popular of the
bands in Cuba.

The 12-track album Chapeando, released through Abdala Records, includes two texts where Cuban poet Miguel Barnet and ethnologist Rogelio Martinez Fure reflect on the importance of folklore in the national culture and the role of the band led by Juan Formell on its spreading.

Cuban plastic artists such as Eduardo Roca (Choco), Kcho, Ernesto Rancaño, Zaida del Rio and Roberto Fabelo, including other, collaborated in the cover design ofChapeando, with original works for the new CD.

Los Van Van orchestra was founded on December 4, 1969. Their career has earned them acclaim with more than a dozen hits including “La Habana no aguanta mas,” “Y que tu crees,” “Aqui el que baila gana” and “Tranquilo, Mota,” making millions of dancers move their feet to their fast-paced rhythm.

The band got a Grammy Award in 2000 to best salsa album for Llegó Van Van… Van Van is here, and were nominated to Latin Grammy in 2003 for En el malecón de La Habana.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Van Van performed for more than 100,000 in the outdoor concert spot known as La Piragua, by Havana´s Malecón (seawall). A special moment was the reunion of former members Cesar (Pupy) Pedroso, Pedro Calvo and Changuito, to perform the classic “Sandunguera,” a tribute to their work, as Formell, 65, stated.

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.