Postponed tribute to Formell and Van Van in Santiago de Cuba

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                                                        The announced tribute in Santiago de Cuba to the anniversaries of Juan Formell and the Van Van orchestra has been postponed by its organizers for a date and venue to be determined. Last minute details prevented celebrating the deference sponsored by the Palmares Extrahotelera at the Café Son de la Loma, in front of the Aguilera Park or Boulevard santiaguero. The recognition would have launched in this city, an initiative turned into a campaign, for now and until December to celebrate Juanito Formell’s birthday and half a century after the creation of his Van Van orchestra. Formell would have turned 77 years on August 2; the group “Van Van” will arrive at 50 next year December 4, because on the same date but from 1969 he made his debut concert in the Capital. Both ephemeris are being amplified throughout most of the country as a reverence for Formell’s creative genius and what his orchestra for Cuban culture has represented over five decades. In Santiago de Cuba, where Juan Formell’s father was born and started as a musician, there is a house in the Tivoli neighborhood with a card that points out for years, the site of the injurious acquainted of the eternal director of Van Van born in Havana . Precisely, Juanito and his son Samuell attended the ceremony and well-liked act to unveil that card and both shared the occasion with artists from Santiago de Cuba such as the sculptor Alberto Lescay, representatives of the Peña Beisbolera de la Plaza de Marte, and a numerous representation of the neighbors of the Tivoli neighborhood where the house is located. Radialist Rafael Torres Bosch, “Pipo”, an emblem of the Cubans of Cuba and one of the people who knows best about the work and life of Juan Formell and about the trajectory of the Musical Train of Cuba, said that the tribute will be made in next date once the organizers: Pavel Martínez Minueces, at the head of the Disco Retro Dance project, and Mr. Héctor Matos Caballero adjust the logistics at the new headquarters and determine the date. Juan Climaco Formell Cortina, or simply the teacher Juanito Formell, was born in the Capital on August 2 of 1942, a city where he died suddenly at 71 years and in the He developed an exceptional musical career. Norge Rodríguez Sánchez, a professor of tourism and also very knowledgeable about the trajectory of “Van Van”, accompanied “Pipo” Torres Bosch on his visit to “Son de la Loma”. Matos said that the goal of the tribute is maintained and that movies, photos, and anecdotes will be used to “color” the interventions. In the decade of the years 70, Héctor Matos studied in the former USSR and on the occasion of the “Van Van” visit to the huge European country, he served as a translator for the orchestra during Half a month on tour of numerous Soviet cities. The story of “Pastorita has guararey …” or that of “The ball of smoke”, theme of Evaristo Aparicio (of Papa Kunkún) that Formell turned into a hit will be included in the projected recognition of the Musical Train of Cuba and its Senior Machinist.
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