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The Latin Roots Live! concert series is inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly radio series on World Cafe® hosted by David Dye, which explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people, from cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Latin Roots Live! is produced in partnership with Afrotaino and Raices Culturales and made possible by the William Penn Foundation

Latin Roots Live!

Latin Roots Live XPN Welcomes the Mural Arts Open Source Block Party.
Join us for a neighborhood celebration with artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez, which explores the intersection of the Latino and African American communities in North Philadelphia.
Music by CALMA CARMONA, DENDE & BAND, and DJ Rahsaan. Also enjoy treats from local shops, dance lessons, interactive art and more!

Latin Roots #61 - Latin Roots Celebrates Cuba’s Los Van Van As Their Founder Juan Formell Passes

Latin Roots #61 - Latin Roots Celebrates Cuba’s Los Van Van As Their Founder Juan Formell Passes credit Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Latin Roots Celebrates Cuba’s Los Van Van As Their Founder Juan Formell Passes

Our Latin Roots today is a timely and poignant one. Rachel Faro joins us to talk about one of her heroes, Juan Formell, the bass player and leader of the Cuban band Los Van Van. Formell passed away on May 1 at the age of 71.

He led the formidable band for almost 45 years and was one of its remaining original members. Los Van Van always got the people moving and Rachel praises their ability to reflect the changes in Cuban society over the years while keeping things moving. Their influence spread well beyond Havana. The band endures now lead by Juan Formell’s son Samuel. Rachel has provided us with a Spotify playlist for your own Los Van Van dance party. Enjoy.

Session Setlist
by Los Van Van
from Esto Esta Bueno

by Juan Formell Y Los Van Van
from Ay Dios, Amparame

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