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Los Van Van de Gira por Norteamérica

El Tren de la música cubana no detiene su marcha, ahora emprende un periplo internacional con un nuevo fonograma bajo el brazo. De forma inmediata, Los Van Van llegarán a Canadá para integrar el elenco que amenizará las actividades colaterales a los Juegos Panamericanos Toronto 2015, y luego, en agosto, recorrerán ciudades de Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico.

En el territorio canadiense, donde goza de gran popularidad, la agrupación ofrecerá conciertos el próximo 18 de julio, en el Montreal Festival International Les Nuits d Afrique, el 19 en el Festival International d´Ete du Quebec, y el 22 en Toronto, durante los XVII Juegos Panamericanos.

Como ya se ha anunciado, a partir del 7 de agosto la orquesta actuará en ciudades norteamericanas como Washington D.C., Nueva York, Chicago, Los Ángeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Alburquerque y Denver, entre otras.

Uno de los acontecimientos más esperados de esta gira por Estados Unidos es, sin dudas, el concierto que realizarán en Miami el sábado 29 de agosto. El James L. Knight Center será el escenario de la presentación dedicada especialmente a Juan Formell, padre del songo y líder eterno de Van Van.

También en Puerto Rico esperan con ansias a la popular orquesta cubana, que tocará el próximo 22 de agosto en el Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan. Así lo anunciaron en un comunicado de prensa los organizadores del evento, en el cual Los Van Van compartirán escenario con los locales Willie Rosario y Don Perignon y su banda.

Los Van Van promocionan por estos días su más reciente fonograma, que incluye los temas “La moda”, también conocida como “La keratina”, “Me basta con pensar”, “Se vende”, “Es mucho” y “La Fantasía”, obra que da título al material discográfico.

MAKING OF VIDEO CLIP LA MODA (FORMELL Y LOS VAN VAN

 

Source: http://suenacubano.com

17 July 2015 Culture  Entertainment  Music Read more

With U.S. and Cuban Relations Thawing, Cuban Musicians Are Finally Ready to Come to America

Cuban rapper Mariana “La Mariana” Moracén Saiz is ready for the normalization between Cuba and the United States to finally — finally — begin.

An Inside Look at Cuba’s Music Scene and the Artists Moving the Nation to a New Era: Exclusive Video

“Cuba is full of culture,” says the 28-year-old Havana native who fronts the rap-salsa-fusion group Mariana y la Makynaria. “Thank God we can send it out now to the whole world.” To be fair, the whole world save for the United States has been able to freely enjoy the rich tapestry of Cuban musical offerings (there are 17,000 professional musicians on the island) for the last 60 years or so. Freed from the pressures of marketplace formulas, Cuban musicians have in recent decades enjoyed a fair amount of artistic freedom (if not full freedom of speech), and have created all kinds of new styles and approaches. It’s the States that has largely been missing out — until now.

With President Obama asking Congress to lift the embargo of Cuba, easing of some of the U.S. sanctions and travel blockades and the loosening by the Cuban government of restrictions, artists both emerging and well-known are going to be meeting new audiences soon. Even world-famous acts like the Grammy-winning dance band Los Van Van, which plays to packed venues throughout Latin America, Europe and Japan (and, on occasion, stateside), are excited for the new platform. “Generations have changed here in Cuba and there in the U.S., so it’s time for an opening,” says Los Van Van’s musical director Samuel Formell, 47. Still, it might not be an easy path. For starters, there’s barely any Internet on the island, which means promoting shows and new music requires unique work-arounds, and getting access to recording equipment is difficult (and expensive).

Photograph: billboard

Photograph: billboard

Even traveling across the island can be exasperating. “It’s harder to go from Havana to Santiago de Cuba than it is to book 15 seats on a plane to play in Lima, Peru,” says Cuban superstar bandleader Alexander Abreu, 38. “Still, one finds a way to make it work.” Pianist-composer Harold López-Nussa, 31, knows it’s going to take time and resources, but he’s optimistic. “There’s a lot of hope on the part of the people of Cuba. I see it every day. Hopefully people in North America feel the same way.”

Source: http://www.billboard.com

9 July 2015 Culture  Music  News Read more