Los Van Van are one of the most important and influential bands in the history of 20th
century Cuban pop music. Though the 1990s were pervaded by groups that mixed folkloric and traditional sounds with the musical trends of the day and the beginning of the 21st century saw that process go even further, in the 1960s and ‘70s that Latino fusion sensibility was scarce at best. There were primarily two
Cuban groups experimenting with mixing pop, funk, rock, and soul with their native traditions.
One of those two was Irakere, and the other, far more long-lasting band was Los Van Van.
Following the revolution, Cuban youth were profiled for talents and predispositions. Children showing potential in athletics were streamlined into sports. Academics, visual arts, and music followed suit.
They named their dance band Los Van Van after the go-go fad, meaning literally “they go-go!”