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Cuba's Los Van Van to use symphonic sound

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Havana, Apr 2 (EFE).- The Cuban band Los Van Van, idol of the island's dancers who regard it as "the salsa train," will give its songs a symphonic sound for the first time, media reports said.

The popular musical group will play four numbers by Cuban musician Joaquin Betancourt with symphony orchestra arrangements during the upcoming 2013 Cubadisco fair, which will take place May 19-26, organizers said.

The symphonic version will respect the rhythmic beat and choruses of Los Van Van, the iconic band founded by Juan Formell in 1969 that has kept several generations of Cubans dancing, the president of the island's top record fair, Gloria Ochoa, said.

"This musical experiment shows once again the versatility of Cuban composers," Ochoa said.

Los Van Van won a Grammy in 2000 for the album "Chapeando" and have recorded dozens of hits that are considered chronicles of daily life on the island over the past few decades.

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