February 22, 2000 |
By many estimates, Juan Formell is the second-most famous man in Cuba, the first being what's-his-name with the beard. Formell is the leader of Los Van Van, Cuba's most popular dance band for the past 31 years. In Cuba, he has a big house and a maid. Everywhere else he goes, he is treated as royalty--except for Miami, where he is viewed by many as a court bard for Fidel Castro. His band is nominated for its first Grammy this year, in the salsa category, for "Llego Van Van . . .
August 19, 2001 |
Only three weeks before the Latin Grammys are scheduled to make their Miami debut, a dispute over Cuban exiles voicing their anti-communist views is threatening to send the gala packing. A coalition of at least 60 Cuban American groups is demanding the right to demonstrate within view and earshot of the U.S. and foreign media that will converge on AmericanAirlines Arena on Sept. 11 to cover the show celebrating the best in Spanish-language music.