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Juan Formell Y 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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Soy Boricua casado con tremenda mujer Cubana y gozo cuando escucho esa musica, que bueno es recordar.
Again reading the LA TIMES OBITS 5/3/14) JUAN FORMELL a great Cuban musician and composer has died at age of 71. He was the driving force behind the great Salsa orchestra LOS VAN VAN. Born JUAN CLIMACO FORMELL CORTINA on Aug.2,1942, and as a young man he joined important musical groups and the Reve group in 1967 and made use of the electric bass and keyboards, he also composed musical scores for the theater and cinema, and received 2 Latin Grammy awards. May he rest in peace (5/1/14).








Son de lo mejor
They mantain the cuban tradition
sexxy_bunny8 6
K rico mis van van gosa papi
son los mejores
they don't make music like they used too
The name Van Van comes from the time that Fidel bet everything on reaching 10 million tons of sugar in a harvest. When the experts said they did not have the resources, they were labeled worms and sent to the fields along with every able hand. Only the most radical communists kept insisting they were going to do it. This is when this character named his band Van Van, los 10 millones van. Now the want to be perceived as non political and nobody talks about this.
SO true beautiful music that has the soul encapsulated within its intricate rythm.
Regarles politic belives this band represent the sound of cuba, a living legend, the better music to dance (casino style). Viva cuba!!!

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