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Los Van Van

One of the most influential Cuban musicians of the Castro era, Juan Formell formed Los Van Van in 1969 after developing Afro-Cuban meldings with the changui sound of Elio Reve's Orchestra. From there he did more to influence the sound of Cuban music than anyone else during the '70s and '80s.

Born in Havana in 1942, Formell was taught both by his father and the bassist Orestes Urfe. By the age of 17 he was a member of a military band (playing bass as well); several years later, he moved to the nightclubs and began working on the new sound of Cuban dance, with Elio Reve as well as Elena Burke. After forming Los Van Van, Formell introduced the songo sound, which became one of the most popular forms during the '70s. The birth of the '80s brought a new sound, that of buey cansado, and unsurprisingly, the new form proved just as popular as songo. Los Van Van released several high-selling LPs and toured most of South and Central America, as well as Asia and the then-Soviet Union. Formell has recorded several solo albums, though Los Van Van appears on all of them. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Mi Gente!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Awesome sounds
La mejor orquesta del mundo ....y que no le llamen salsa esto es musica cubana .....la mata de toda la musica Afro-caribe. . . . e s t a cancion el caballo cantandola era el difunto Israel kantor la mejor voz que a tenido los van van con el permiso de Pedrito calvo....y el resto de los caballos que han pasado por el tren de la sabrosura... . . A m e n
Ya finalmente salio el sonido que tenemos todos los Cubanos gracias a ellos ya el mundo sabe el porque somos los que somos Ache pa todos
que ricura , revolcadera total
Como????, como Cuba no hay!!!!!!
izzy96326
Tremendo sonido. Es imposible escuchar a los Van Van y no querer bailar o sentirse feliz.
The best!
sexxy_bunny8 6
Oye lo mejor de cuba me traen buenos recuerdos saludos a todos desde las Vegas dale
Son muy buenos
me encantan ,lo majer de cuba
The best van van of cuba
Quisiera q vinieran a Puerto Rico para el dia nacional de la salsa q es el festival mas importante de salsa d puerto rico
Estoy loco q vengan a Puerto Rico para ir a verlos
i love their music one of the best
LA ORQUESTA CUBANA MAS POPULAR DE TODOS TIEMPOS
los van van are the titans of cuban son forever.# 1
yurelrizo
LO MEJOR DE LA MUSICA POPULAR CUBANA DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS Y QUE SE PONGA BRAVO EL QUE SE PONGA.
THE BEST EVER LOS VAN VAN. I LOVE IT.
antoncub
esto es lo mejor de lo nuestro!!!
A great alternate live version of "..Natural.. " from the Lo Ultimo En Vivo CD. Shows off VV's delicious syncopations -- ritmos de vozes included. Love the violins. As always they elevate the texture and rhythm and syncopations .
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