ELITO REVE' Y SU CHARANGON
Orquesta Reve, commonly known as 'El Charangon de Elito Reve', is a music legend in Cuba and a worldwide famous. The Orquesta Reve was founded in 1956 by Elio Reve, a brilliant musician from Guantanamo, who died in 1997. Today his son, Elito Reve, ensures the musical direction of the band.
Many of the musicians and singers currently in the forefront of the Cuban music scene, have been members of Orquesta Reve. In more than half-century of history, the Orquesta Reve was not only an incomparable orchestra of popular dance music, but a laboratory from which derived other orchestras, other innovating and successful musical formulas. For instance one can cite Ritmo Oriental, Los Van Van, Dan Den, Pupy.
When in the middle of the Fifties Elio Reve settles with Havana, he decides to form an orchestra of the Charanga type with the intention of modernizing the traditional Changui.
Probably the biggest intuition of this brilliant Guantanamero was to conceive Changui as an open musical genre which could be influenced by other musical forms or rhythms (changui-shake, changui- pachanga, changui- guaguanco, changui - timba).
Its relation with Changui was extremely creative and successful.Its music, today like yesterday, is the happy expression of a creative synthesis between tradicion and innovation.
This is confirmed by the success of the tours that the Charangon undertook through various times,in Europe,Peru,Canada,United States,Japan and in West-Africa.
Today the Charangon is in a very successful phase nationally and internationally, at the top of its popularity, especially after the awards won in 2008 in Cuba and in France for its recording "Fresquecito". In 2011 Orquesta Reve soared to new heights with the CD "De que estamos hablando" , which won both Best Contemporary Dance Album and the Cubadisco Grand Prize marking the first time in Cubadisco history that this prize was awarded to a timba group.
In 2013 the band celebrates 57 years and continues to be as good, and as popular, as it's ever been.