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Van Van Live at Miami Arena
Van Van Live at Miami Arena
Actor: Los Van Van
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2003     3hr 25min

Region 1 Keep Case Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo - English Additional Release Material: Production Interview - 1. Van Van - Stars Text/Photo Galleries: Stills/Photos


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Actor: Los Van Van
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Other Music, International, Latin Music
Studio: Universal Latino
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 3hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Los Van Van Live
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have seen LVV perform live half a dozen time but this was their best concert.
The group and its fans had to go through a living hell to perform in Miami. Some right wing groups in Miami went as far as to promise to film anybody who went to the concert and make their identities public as "Communist sympathizers". Before the concert, demonstrators shouted "communists, prostitutes and son-of-bitc***" to the concert goers. Afterwards, they threw rocks, bottles and eggs.
But the concert made it all worth while!
Los Van Van showed a vitality and emotion that had disappeared from a group that has performed for over 30 years. Unfortunately, due to political decisions, they have not been able to perform again in Miami (or now, anywhere in the U.S.)
This DVD and accompanying CD's is a most have to anyone interested in Cuban music."
I great performance by Los Van Van
Juan Morales | Guatemala, Guatemala Guatemala | 11/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like Salsa or Música Afro Antillana, this is a good performance by Los Van Van, is very hard to get pieces with this cuality from cuban artist's so for sure, if you like this kind of music you will enjoy all the concert.Highly recomended."
The real Cuban music, call it Son not Salsa in Miami
Oswald Placeres | Netherlands | 03/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a shame that a few frustrated cheap old decrepit ignorant politicians in Miami tried to boycott the Van Van Concert in the Miami Arena. The Van Van group made an effort to come in good nature as invited guest to the U.S. (Miami) and play to the Cuban audience, the rest of the Latin population, and to set the record straight "that Son, and Son Montuno is from Cuba, and they are better than the commercial name Salsa given by other countries who tried to imitate and claim the Cuban music as their own" If you were not in the concert buy this DVD. The musicians are remarkably good; the music is great with the participation of the audience that was extraordinary good! All songs are from the beginning of the foundation of the band and include current ones too! Also you will hear the real interpretations of the true Cuban songs you here all the time played by other foreign Latin bands who try to get credit for it. This visit by these excellent Cuban musicians (DVD) is a must for any serious musicologist who is interested in the true origins of what some erroneously call Salsa, and even though the political atmosphere have tried to isolate the Island from the rest of the world, the Cuban music is recognized throughout all continents of the planet and it's stronger and better than ever. I know because, I have traveled all over Eastern Europe. It's our music and our heritage! I highly recommend it.

Juan E. Pradorojas | Miami | 12/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Que pena que la politica nos aparte tantas veces de lo mas genuino de nuestra nacionalidad, la musica...Creo que a muchos les cuesta creer que tenemos una identidad marcada entre otras cosas por nuestra musica popular, tan chavacana a veces, tan autoctona y bailable siempre, como la hacen la ritmica melodia de Los Van Van. orquesta creada, tal vez con fines politicos cuando la zafra del 70, pero trascendente en los limites de la historia musical cubana, y a pesar de que la Zafra los diez millones nunca cumplio su cometido, los Van Van, con su sencillez habanera y sus historias populares ha trascendido estos treinta years dando lo mejor de si. Esta orquesta, charanga en sus inicios, ahora mezcla de violines y trombones ha sellado con un estilo lo mas representativo de la sociedad cubana, lejos de lo politico ha ilustrado en textos y ritmica la verdadera historia de los cubanos. Este concierto me recuerda los inolvidables momentos que pase en mi juventud en cuba, cuando Los Van Van amenizaban los carnavales de mi ciudad en el centro de la isla...Solo ahora, despues de tanto tiempo lejos de mi tierra he podido valorar en su totalidad la obra y el mensaje cultural que esta orquesta, escuela de tantos musicos cubanos, nos cuenta a traves de este concierto, lo unico que lamento es no haber podido estar en el momento del concierto en la primera fila para gritar y saltar y poder sentirme mas cubano de lo que me siento, y que tantos hermanos de tierra y sangre cierren sus ojos a la verdad de nuestra musica.
Juan Prado , Miami, Sweetwater
de Caibarien y Cuba Siempre"