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Cuba based rap duo, Zona Franka, blends traditional rhythms with the grit and swagger of hip-hop and rap vocal phrasings. Their clever shout choruses create instant tropical dance classics using their unique self-titled "changui con flow" style.

Alvaro Collado

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instrumento/instrument: trombón/trombone

grupos/groups: Los Van Van

grabaciones/recordings: Los Van Van: Llegó Van Van, Los Van Van: Esto te pone la , abeza mala, Los Van Van: Ay Dios, ampárame, Los Van Van: Lo Último en vivo, Los Van Van: Disco Azúcar, Los Van Van: La Colección, Vols. 9-15

lugar de nacimiento/birthplace: ?

formación musical/musical background: ?

lugar actual de residencia/current residence: La Habana

A great teacher as well as one of Cuba's top trombonists, "Collado", as everyone calls him, has played with Van Van for almost 15 years. [Kevin Moore]

I don't know exactly what school Collado went to but he began his professional career performing in the National Symphony Orchestra. The roster for this group had some serious heavyweights on it. I'm pretty sure that JP Torres was also a member of the trombone section. After the two original trombonists got fired from Van Van, Edmundo was added and chose Hugo and Collado as his cohorts. This was around 1985. Since then, Collado has been working hard performing and touring with Los Van Van as well as teaching trombone at the Escuela Nacional de Arte. Collado's wife is a piano instructor there and his daughter is a student. Collado is well known for being a "ham" and being able to crack up an entire room. He could make Fidel laugh. He enjoys comida china. [Curtis Lanoue]

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Photo courtesy of Cristian Muñoz

Michelle White - Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 03:31 AM