Founded in Cuba by Juan Formell in 1969, using a charanga line-up (flute, string instruments, and rhythm section) as its base, Los Van Van added trombones, and was the first Cuban group to use synthesizers and drum machines. Initially, their sound was a fusion of son montuno, rumba, and North American rock and pop. Later Van Van incorporated funk, disco, and hip hop.
The group had a Grammy Awards in 2000 and their song A Cali was the winner at Feria de Cali in 2009.
Los Van Van has consistently managed to adapt its style to the times, and remains, after 44 years, Cuba’s most popular dance band.