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En El Malecon De La Habana

Artist:   Los Van Van

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2003 9 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Tim-Pop Con Birdland
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7:42 see video in this page - ver video aqui
02  Quien No Ha Dicho Una Mentira
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5:41 from their Grammy winning album "Llegó Van Van"
03  Soy Todo (Ay Dios Ampárame)
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8:01 "I'm Everything" is a veritable Cuban anthem
04  Mi Mimi
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5:32 canta Yenisel "Yenny" Valdés
05  Esto Te Pone La Cabeza Mala
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6:41 try to follow the clave in this song
06  Mi Chocolate
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7:41 si, ahora vengo mandao, vengo sofocao, acelerao
07  Que Cosas Tiene La Vida
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6:45 otro tema de Pupy, canta Abdel "Lele" Rasalps
08  Temba, Tumba y Timba
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6:53 tema de Pupy cantado por Mayito
09  En Sol Natural (Reprise)
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5:15 ...en Cuba se puede decir YES!
Latin Grammy (2003) nominee for Best Contemporary Tropical Album, "En El Malecón De La Habana" marks another great live release by Los Van Van after spending years out of the spotlight.

Led by Juan Formell, Los Van Van have become one of the most successful Cuban Dance groups in the world. To the Afro-Spanish sound of traditional Cuban music, Los Van Van have added a strong jazz emphasis. It is this fusion that has led to their popularity outside of Cuba and to a series of foreign record deals. The group's "Llego Van Van" won the Grammy for Best Latin Album in 1999.

After spending years out of the spotlight, Juan Formell and his trend-setting group, Los Van Van, stepped boldly back onto center stage with their 2003 release "En El Malecón De La Habana". Los Van Van have always wanted for a record that truly captured their vibrant, electrifying live performance. This edition, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Contemporary Tropical Album category, sounds clear and precise, allowing the listener to appreciate the exquisitely tight performance. The pre-timba innovations on the traditional salsa style that made Los Van Van Cuba's most popular dance band are all out in-force, including Changuito's use of timbales and drum set, Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso's brilliant arranging technique, plenty of hip-hop and disco influence, and their trademark percussion breakdown sections.

"En El Malecón De La Habana" offers a fresh, unfettered chance to hear these stylistic pioneers, swinging as hard today as they did in 1980. Maybe harder.

Musicians on 'En El Malecón De La Habana':

Juan Formell Director Musical, Bajo, Coros
Samuel Formell Drums, Timbales, Campana
Mario "Mayito" Rivera Voz Solista, Coros
Roberto Hernández (Guayacán) Voz Solista, Coros, Congas
Yenisel Valdés (Yenny) Voz Solista, Coros
Abdel Rasalps (Lele) Voz Solista, Coros
Hugo Morejón Trombón, Órgano, Sintetizador
Roberto Carlo Rodríguez Piano
Jorge Leliebre Flauta, Coros
Boris Luna Teclado
Alvaro Collado Trombón
Edmundo Piña Trombón y Pads
Pedro Fajardo Violín
Irving Frontela Violín
Julio Noroña Guiro
Manuel Navarrera Tumbadora