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).
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.