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Photo Feature by Luis Enrique Gonzalez Muñoz

HAVANA TIMES — Personalities of culture as well as political figures came on Friday to pay tribute and say a final farewell to Juan Formell a great Cuban music.

The director of the Van Van, recent winner of a Latin Grammy Award , and previously many other distinctions, died Thursday in Havana.

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Formell and his band have been popular for decades in Cuba and beyond the borders of the Caribbean. The orchestra has made the most skeptical dance, always with a unique and unmistakable sound.

Throughout their nearly 45-year career the group has maintained a unique and unmistakable sound, including when new musical instruments were incorporated, such as the synthesizer, which bassist Formell was the first to use it.

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