Los Van Van win WOMEX Artist Award
Words by Gus Isherwood
The international music networking platform, WOMEX, have announced the Cuban dance orchestra, Los Van Van, as their 2013 Artist Award winner. The popular fusion group will perform in Cardiff on October 27 during the annual WOMEX award ceremony.
Led by Cuban music visionary, Juan Formell, Los Van Van bring together new sounds and concepts into Cuban dance music, creating their own genre based on their unique songo rhythm.
Bassist and composer Formell, formed the group in 1969, constructing a musical outfit comprised of changa-style violins and flute, a trombone section, drums, electric guitar, bass and keyboards.
The group’s influences range from contemporary rock and jazz to Afro-Cuban dance music, all of which contribute to an individual sound bringing four generations of listeners to the dance floor.
Los Van Van’s ‘Me Mantengo’