This award, in the same way that the English version, recognizes the artistic and technical excellence of the music in Spanish and in its fifteen years of existence has become synonymous of prestige and international recognition.
An old legend and a new Latin Grammy Legend
On this year’s 16th awards, the Cuban music has been awarded respectively in the categories “Best Salsa Album” and ”Best Tropical Salsa Album”.
Los Van Van
In May last year the entire island mourned the passing away of the great bassist, composer and conductor Juan Formell. This musician founded and conducted the orchestra Los Van Van from 1969 until his death, when his son Samuel Formell continued the legacy of his father.
The nominated album, “Fantasía”, was produced by EGREM in 2014 and is a tribute to the late musician. At this time it is being promoted through an international tour, and is a clear example of the sound line called Train of Cuban Music, which has been delighting dancers from around the world for over 45 years.
This album includes many original songs from Juan Formell, like “La moda”, “Todo se acabó,” or “El desaparecido”, in which the musician was working at the time of his death. The song “Fantasía” also has the voice of the former director, his last recording in life.
It is not the first time the band is honored with this award. The same year as the first edition of the Latin Grammy, Formell boys won the category for best salsa album with the album “Llegó Van Van”.
The third disc of this group, named “La vuelta al mundo” was recorded under the Colibri label in 2015 and has already been successful on the island, with individual awards Cubadisco 2015 in the categories of Great Cubadisco Award 2015 and Best Album Popular Dance Music.
Trumpeter Alexander Abreu and his musicians come this time with the same proposal of dancing but more committed than their previous two albums, “Haciendo Historia” and “Pasaporte”. The twelve songs of “La vuelta al mundo” have letters of strong social content, which make chroniclers of his time, along with a musical quality that make you compete for Best Salsa Album at the Latin Grammy this year.
The wait begins
We will have to wait until next September the 23rd for the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the US recording officially released the list of nominees, but it is a fact that Van Van and Havana D’Primera are in the race for the Latin Grammy.
The end of the story will be known during the awards events at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 19th but no doubt the simple nomination for this prestigious award is in itself an important recognition of the quality of these two Cuban bands.