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Juan Carlos

Juan-Carlos Formell represents the third generation of one of Cuba's most important musical families. The grandson of Francisco Formell, the arranger for Ernesto Lucuona's Cuban Boys, and the son of Juan Formell, founder and leader of Los Van Van, Formell has clearly inherited the musical skills of his ancestors. His talents, however, have only been allowed to flower since his escape from Cuba and the granting of his asylum in the United States. Formell's early musical experiences seemed to pave the way for continued success. His commitment to the traditional roots of Cuba's music and his social minded-lyricism resulted in his being unable to perform in Cuba or tour overseas. In a 1996 interview, he explained, "Even though my songs don't speak specifically about politics, they reflect the reality of Cuba from my prospective and not from the prospective of the system." In 1993, Formell was allowed to accompany a Cuban band during a tour of Mexico. While there, he swam the Rio Grande and found refuge in the United States. Arriving in New York, he began performing as a street musician in the city's subway stations. Soon after performing on Paul Simon's soundtrack album, Capeman, he formed a band, Cubalibre, and signed a multi-album contract with Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains' label, Wicklow. His debut album, Songs from a Little Blue House, released in 1999, marked him as a very promising new artist. Rhythm Magazine wrote "With brilliant technique and profound originality, Formell has turned Afro-Cuban conventions inside out"; the Washington Post wrote "(Formell's) compositions are built atop supple, rippling, beats, articulated by the singer's breezy guitar figures and amplified by his tasteful percussionists...full of evocative nature imagery, and bittersweet memories". The new millennium look promising for Formell; he issued a second album Las Calles del Paraiso and picked up where Songs from a Little Blue House left off. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Please for god's sake correct the bio! This is music by Juan Carlos Quintero from Columbia, not Juan Carlos Fromell from Cuba. Who's being paid at Pandora for creating this nonsense?
Que viva Juan Carlos Quintero y que viva Colombia
í Weeeepaa!
rayinsedona
This is not a selection by Juan Carlos as indicated above. This music is performed by Juan Carlos Quintero...i t seems Pandora has these 2 different artists confused/com b i n e d ?
outwitt
í Que Bueno ! í Que festiva ! (alt 161 is the upside down exclamation point )
ESPECTACULAR , LA ESCUCHABA PERO NO SABIA QUE ERA DE UN COLOMBIANO. QUÉ SENTIDA MUSICA.
martalutorre s
Lo acabo de descubrir, hermosa musica, me encanta!
juanbnll3
beautiful music from Colombia
Life-is-good kind of music!
I am enamored by this music. I listen to it at home, in the car, at work. It gives a sense of tranquility and puts a smile on my fave. It just makes you want to move....love it..
enelms1
This is Juan Carlos Quintero not Juan-Carlos Formell. Quintero is from Colombia not Cuba and is an excellent musician.
Beautiful!
musicbizgal
listening to my freind JCQ... love him and his musical works que viva
Actually lucky enough to have taken a guitar class from Juan Carlos . Amazing teacher, and even more amazing musician :) totally changed the way I see music . Thanks Juan , if you ever read this .
Chevere y reconfortant e musica. Gracias a Dios por Pandora. En la radio solo se escucha basura.
Music for the Dancing Souls
!Ariba! !Ariba! (I need a darned upside down exclamation mark) DMB
GLORIFICATE; NO ES JUAN CARLOS QUINTERO; ES POR JUAN CARLOS ALVARADO
bello
new to me....yeah!
cuso7
Mujer, menea las caderas, asi, asi, asi...
I like it! it's making my day of work go faster and alive.
I love this music Good worship songs - I love It!!!

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