Los Van Van: the sounds that defined an era in Cuban music

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Los Van Van Los Van Van: the sounds that defined an era in Cuban music

Los Van Van has been called the undisputed king of Cuban dance orchestras, and one of the most influential forces of Afro-Cuban music. The band, founded in 1969 by Juan Formell, has transcended the musical sphere to represent the modern ethos of this Caribbean Island.

With the passing of its founder a year ago, Los Van Van faces what may prove its biggest challenge yet: to live up to the expectations set after decades of musical excellence.

Americas Now correspondent Michelle Begue had the chance to sit with Samuel, Formell’s son and the band’s new musical director, to talk about Cuban music, their new album and the legacy of his late father.

The iconic dance band will be touring the United States this coming summer. The tour, the first since the passing of its founder, will include stops in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and, of course, Miami.

Los Van Van: the sounds that defined an era in Cuban music

Los Van Van: the sounds that defined an era in Cuban music

Los Van Van has been called the undisputed king of Cuban dance orchestras, and one of the most influential forces of Afro-Cuban music. The band, founded in 1969 by Juan Formell, has transcended the musical sphere to represent the modern ethos of this Caribbean Island.