havana-liveHAVANA, August 10 (ACN)   The Cuban bands Los Van Van, currently directed by Samuel Formell, and Havana D’Primera, directed by Alexander Abreu, were pre-nominated on Thursday for the 17th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards.

Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States, these prizes are among the most important in the field of music in the Americas, so the mere pre-nominations of these two groups constitute a cause for rejoicing.

Los Van Van – founded and directed until 2014 by late bassist and composer Juan Formell – compete in the Best Salsa Album category with its latest CD, La Fantasia.

“This album is a tribute to my father and being nominated is a blessing, because we have respected his original idea and concept,” Samuel Formell, who is in the US on a tour of that country, told the press.

Havana D’Primera, founded eight years ago, also confirmed its presence in the Best Salsa Album category with its third CD, La Vuelta al Mundo.