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Los Van Van: classic Cuban salsa!
- Saturday 25 at 10:00 p.m.
- Van Van orchestra
- Habana Café del Hotel Meliá Cohíba
- Paseo avenue between 1st and 3rd, Vedado.
For the past four decades, Los Van Van have been showing the world that Cuban music is alive and well and very, very danceable. Los Van Van has been a school for outstanding singers and musicians. Past members with successful careers as solo artists include Pedro Calvo, Angel Bonne, Changuito, José Luis “El Tosco” Cortés (founder of the first timba band NG La Banda), Cesar “Pupy” Pedroso and others. As of 2006, Los Van Van lineup of singers: Mayito Rivera, Roberto Hernandez “Roberton”, Yeni Valdes and Lele Rosales. During 2011 Mayito Rivera left the band going for a solo career and was replaced by Mandy Cantero.
In 1999, Juan Formell received a Grammy Award (Latin/Best Salsa Performance) for his work on the album Llegó… Van Van (Van Van Is Here), recorded at Abdala Studios. He died at the age of 71 in 2014, and since then his son, Samuel, leads the orchestra.