Los Van Van

Live In America: The Exciting U.S. Premiere

Other Labels: Latin

Juan C. Formell, Pedro A Calvo, Mario E. Rivera, Roberto Hernandez, Cesar Pedroso, Boris Luna, Gerardo Miro, Pedro Fajardo, Alvaro Collado, Edmundo C. Pina, Hugo Morejon

Reference: MLM 001

Bar code: 710337108729

Nearly three decades after forming, los Van Avan has become Cuba's most highly acclaimed dance orchestra, they make the most of their first U.S. tour.


01. Introduccion 1:03
02. Ya Empezó La Fiesta (Juan Formell) 5:56
03. Que le den Candela (Juan Formell) 8:37
04. Sandunguera (Por Encima Del Nivel) (Juan Formell) 11:35
05. Soy Normal, Natural (Juan Formell) 10:22
06. Deja La Ira (Manuel Aspra) 12:04
07. La Candela (Juan Formell) 1:56
08. Guararey De Pastorita (Roberto Baute Segarra) 3:59
09. Chirin Chiran (Juan Formell) 3:57
10. Soy Todo (¡Ay Dios Amparame!) (Eloy Machado) 10:35

Album details

Total time: 69:48 h.

Press reviews

"It's an auspicious pleasure to be present for the long-awaited U.S. debut performance of Cuba's favorite dance band, thanks to this CD for the AJ label, Live in America. The energy in the room and the fire of the performance are palpable and jump out through the speakers. With the inclusion of crowd favorites like "Que le Den Candela," "Sandunguera," and the aptly named set opener, "Ya Empezó la Fiesta" (meaning "I'll start the party already"), the repertoire plays like a best-of list. Though the live sound leaves a bit to be desired, as each instrument takes its turn dominating the mix, there is much to be said for hearing this band live, an opportunity that will prove precious to North American audiences. The arrangements are extended by painfully funky percussion breakdown sections and brilliant vocal improvisation. Each tune features either a manic piano solo or incendiary timbale/drum set feature, and sometimes both. In either case, the infectious groove laid by this towering giant of Cuban music is captured in all of its glory. Los Van Van take the stage with confidence, complexity, and style as only a group with 15 years of constant touring and recording could. At long last, the U.S. audience can hear los Van Van as they were always mean to be heard, in the heat of live performance."

Evan C. Gutierrez -All Music Guide


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