Cuba’s biggest, funkiest dance orchestra returns to London for the first time in two years on 1st March / 2012. Formed in 1969 in Havana, Cuba, this 20-piece band plays an irresistible brand of dance groove they created called ‘songo’ – a solid and invigorating fusion of rich Caribbean rhythms, Afro-Cuban drumming, salsa & rock/pop elements. This new sound is still the rhythm of Havana and one of the most influential Cuban forms since the cha-cha-cha.
Featuring a fearsome collection of virtuoso musicians, their live shows are all about the relationship between the band and the dancefloor, with call-and-response Afro-Cuban conga, sharp horns and violin riffs, vocal improvisations drifting in and out between their solid groove.
Cuba is a powerhouse in the development of popular music, and Los Van Van, the world’s premier Latin dance band, continues to rock the Cuban soul and ram dancefloors worldwide.
Los Van Van in Concert : 1st March / 2012 – London
8pm-2am @ Electric Brixton
“If you are in Jamaica and the Wailers were playing you got to see them, if you are in Havana you’ve got to see Los Van Van performing, it doesn’t get any better than that.” Gilles Peterson, Radio One